A sad update to an incredibly sad situation. According to multiple reports, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead but remains on life support, so recipients can be found for her organs. Heche had been in a coma for several days following a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time, but official reports indicate that narcotics were found in her system. Video doorbell footage released after the accident showed Heche’s car speeding down the street at a high rate of speed moments before she crashed into a house, causing both the car and the house to erupt in flames.
A rep for Heche shared the following statement when asked about the actress’s condition:
“While Anne is legally dead according to California law, her heart is still beating, and she has not been taken off life support so that One Legacy can see if she is a match for organ donation.”
One of Heche’s two sons — Homer — also released a statement, shared with Deadline, mourning the loss of his mother:
“Today my brother Atlas and I lost our Mom, After six days of unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my step-mom Alexi, who continue to be my rocks during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer.”
Heche’s accident happened on Friday, August 5 and many were hoping for a speedy recovery after the actress’s team said that she was in “stable” condition. Unfortunately, she later slipped into a coma. After several days in the coma, her publicist revealed that Heche had suffered “severe anoxic brain injury” — meaning her brain was deprived of oxygen — and she was “not expected to survive.”
On Behalf of Family and Friends of Anne Heche:
We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.
Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.
It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.
Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.
Slash Films shared a beautiful tribute to the actress, calling her “a gifted actress” and a “groundbreaking queer figure”. Heche dated both men and women, and famously had a three-year relationship with actress and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
Anne Heche was truly in a league of her own on screen, cast in roles that appeared as if she was the only person on the planet capable of playing the part. Heche truly stole every scene she was in, and elevated every role by performing with a fearless vulnerability that could not be taught; it just existed within her, seemingly forged in the fire of surviving her difficult life. Heche was very vocal about her struggles with mental health and addiction, and the unfortunate reality is that the self-destruction has also left a trail in her wake. Heche should be remembered for her remarkable talent and the joy she brought to so many people…
Heche broke into the acting scene when she starred as both Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in the soap opera Another World — a role that landed her multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. Heche also starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog, and Six Days Seven Nights. Heche also did multiple projects with The Walt Disney Company, including The Adventures of Huck Finn, Quantico, and Ellen.
Before her passing, Heche was involved in several projects. She had two movies that are completed and expected to be released soon. She also had four movies in post-production and one that is in pre-production.
Heche is survived by her mother Nancy Heche and her two sons, Homer and Atlas. Her father Donald passed away in 1983.