Fox News reports that actress Anne Heche has died at the age of 53.
Heche’s passing comes roughly a week after she crashed her car into a Los Angeles, California, home igniting a fire. The crash resulted in severe injuries to the actress.
Heche, in fact, never regained consciousness following the crash. She was in a coma, and life support was necessary to keep her alive.
The actress’s friends and family held out hope that Heche would be able to survive. But, on Friday, after doctors declared Heche brain dead, the decision was made to take Heche off of life support.
The general public will likely remember Heche for her numerous television and film roles. These roles include Six Days, Seven Nights, The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Juror, the Psycho remake, and many others. More recently, Heche was a participant in Dancing with the Stars.
Heche was born in Ohio into a strict Baptist Christian family. The youngest of five children, Heche lost her father at the age of 45, when she was 13 years old, and she lost her 18-year-old brother, in the same year, to a car crash.
Heche, for a period during the late 1990s, dated Ellen DeGeneres. But, the pair broke up in 2000, which resulted in an incident in which Heche parked her car on a highway, wandered through the desert, and ended up at a stranger’s house in Fresno County, California. It was later revealed that Heche had taken ecstasy – drugs also appear to have played a role in the crash that led to Heche’s death.
After her split with DeGeneres, Heche married Coleman Laffoon, but that marriage ended in divorce after five years. Then, Heche dated James Tupper for a number of years before that relationship ended in 2018.
“Rest in Peace Mom”
Heche is survived by her two children, Atlas, whom she had with Tupper, and Homer, whom she had with Laffoon.
“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” Homer said in a statement. “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,” Homer continued. “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.”
“Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer,” the statement concludes.