Anne Heche’s Rep Confirms Passing Shortly After the Actress Was Taken Off Life Support

by Joe Rutland

Actress Anne Heche was removed from life support on Sunday and a representative is now confirming her death. Heche was 53 years old. She was on life support after a fiery crash left her with debilitating injuries. Heche had been legally dead since Friday, Reuters reported. She was kept on life support to preserve her organs so they could be donated, the representative also said.

The actress was driving at a fast rate of speed through the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles when her Mini Cooper sped out of control. The car would crash into a house and cause it and the house to catch on fire. Heche suffered severe burns across her body. A home security camera would be running as Heche’s car drove down this street at a very high rate of speed. She would appear in movies like Donne Brasco, Wag The Dog, and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Podcast Producer, Son Homer Pay Homage To Anne Heche

Heche also appeared in the NBC soap opera Another World and would win a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance. Many people have offered tributes since news of her condition has been made public. Heche was kept alive on a ventilator until a recipient for her organs could be found. That was accomplished.

Among those paying homage to her is the producer of Heche’s podcast, Better Together. Ryan Tillotson, who is president and CEO of Straw Hut Media, wrote in part, “Anne added life to every room she entered with her tremendous energy and welcoming presence. I will remember her most for her big heart, her commitment to the people she loved, and the fearless way she fought for what she believed in. Better Together wasn’t just a podcast, it was a belief system. She believed the best way to grow and improve yourself was to talk openly and share stories. We’re committed to continuing her legacy in that way.”

One of Heche’s two sons, Homer, also made a public comment, too. Reportedly, he said, “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. 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.” Anne Heche also would make headlines for her relationship with comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. She also expressed her condolences upon hearing of Heche’s death. At one time, the Los Angeles Police Department had opened an investigation into Heche’s crash. That now has been closed and will not be moving forward, according to a report. “As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case,” the LAPD said on Friday.