Anne Heche, the renowned actress and former partner of talk show host Ellen de Generes, died at 53 after being in a coma for around a week. She was involved in a fiery car crash that left her critically injured last Friday. Read on to know what happened and how did Anne Heche die.
The tragic news was confirmed by a representative for her family to the US online media outlet TMZ. They said in a statement, “We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.”
“Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact,” the statement continued.
How did Anne Heche die?
Anne Heche was involved in a horrifying car crash in the residential Mar Vista neighborhood last Friday, August 5, 2022. She crashed her Mini Cooper at a very high speed in the front yard of a house and the building erupted in flames after the collision.
Heche was dragged out of the vehicle and rushed to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles. Her clothes were deeply charred and she went unconscious following the incident.
Many believed that Heche would recover after a publicist for the actor reported that she is in a “stable” condition. However, the actor didn’t regain consciousness and on August 8, 2022, her representatives confirmed that she was in an “extremely critical condition.”
Heche then slipped into a coma and didn’t recover. On Friday, August 12, 2022, her family said in a statement that she was not expected to survive and she is declared “legally dead.” She is kept on life support to determine if she could donate her organs.
What was the cause of Anne Heche’s death?
Anne Heche passed away after suffering fatal injuries in the car crash. She succumbed to her brain injury and severe burns after being in a coma for almost a week. It has been announced that Heche would be taken off life support a day later.
Holly Baird, a spokesperson for Heche’s family sent a statement to the media outlets Friday afternoon saying, “While Anne is legally dead according to California law, her heart is still beating, and she has not been taken off life support.”
Baird also stated that an organ procurement company is working to see if the actress is a match for organ donation and that determination could be made as early as Saturday or as late as next Tuesday.
Anne Heche had a tough childhood but a memorable career
Anne Celeste Heche was born on May 25, 1969, in Aurora, Ohio. She was the youngest of five siblings and was raised in a Christian fundamentalist household. The American actress had a challenging childhood as her family moved around a lot and her father, Donald, abused her sexually.
His father died in 1983 after contracting HIV Aids possibly due to having intercourse with the same sex. Anne once mentioned that she believed her father was a closeted gay man. Her father’s abuse made Anne’s mental health worst and she suffered a lot due to it.
Three months after the death of his father, Heche also lost her brother Nathan. He was killed in a car crash at the age of 18.
Anne Heche started her career playing a pair of good and evil twins on the long-running daytime soap opera Another World. She also earned a Daytime Emmy Award for it in 1991. She got her first film role as Catherine Keener’s sister in Nicole Holofcener’s debut feature Walking and Talking.
Her first significant role came as Johnny Depp’s girlfriend in 1997’s gangster drama Donnie Brasco. She was cast in other lasting titles such as Wag the Dog, Volcano, and I Know What You Did Last Summer in the same year.
Heche focused on making independent movies and TV series in the 2000s. She acted with Nicole Kidman and Cameron Bright in the drama Birth; with Jessica Lange and Christina Ricci in the film adaptation of Prozac Nation, and in the comedy Cedar Rapids with John C. Reilly and Ed Helms.
She also starred in the ABC drama series Men in Trees with James Tupper. After that, Heche made guest appearances on TV shows like Nip/Tuck and Ally McBeal. She also starred in a couple of Broadway productions, earning a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the remount of the 1932 comedy Twentieth Century.
Heche launched a weekly lifestyle podcast Better Together with friend and co-host Heather Duffy in 2020. She also appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Her last appearance came in the movie 13 Minutes last year.
Heche became an icon for Lesbianism in Hollywood
Anne Heche became a lesbian icon due to her highly-visible relationship with comedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s. The two were among the most famous openly gay couple in Hollywood at the time when being out was far less acceptable comparatively.
However, Heche later claimed the romance took a toll on her career. “I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three-and-a-half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multimillion-dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years,” she said in an episode of Dancing with the Stars.
However, their relationship made way for broader acceptance of single-sex partnerships in the industry.
“With so few role models and representations of lesbians in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Anne Heche’s relationship with Ellen DeGeneres contributed to her celebrity in a significant way and their relationship ultimately validated lesbian love for both straight and queer people,” said the New York Times columnist Trish Bendix.
Although Heche later dated and married men, her influence on Lesbian and bisexual visibility will always be remembered as she left a lasting mark.
Anne Heche’s Sons pay emotional tribute to their mom
Heche married cameraman Coleman Laffoon in 2001 with whom she had Homer, her first son. The marriage ended in divorce and Heche had another son, Atlas, with James Tupper. Heche’s elder son Homer, who is now 20 years old, released an emotional statement for her mother.
“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” he told People. “After six days of almost 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 stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time,” he added.
Homer concluded the statement by saying, “Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”
Heche’s former partner, Ellen DeGeneres, also paid tribute to the deceased. She wrote on Twitter: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”
Several other high-profile names, celebs, and fans have paid respect to the late actress. Our heart goes out to her family and loved ones. May God let the departed soul rest in peace.
this article originally posted on BareillyCollege.org