11:46 a.m. PT – A representative for Anne’s family told TMZ… “We have lost a shining light, a kind and most joyous soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend. Anne will be deeply missed but she lives through her beautiful sons, his iconic work and his passionate advocacy.His bravery in always standing up for his truth, spreading his message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.
Anne Heche died of injuries she sustained last Friday after driving her car to a Los Angeles home…
The rep adds that Anne’s heart is beating with life support in an effort to preserve her organs for donation, however, the rep has made it clear…Anne has no brain function.
The actress died Friday at a Los Angeles-area hospital…she was rushed there in a coma, in critical condition and never regained consciousness. We are told that she suffered a severe anoxic brain injury – complete deprivation of oxygen to the brain.
Anne had a long and successful career in Hollywood, starting her playing Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the soap opera “Another World”, winning a Daytime Emmy.
When Anne hit the big screen, she landed roles in big movies… including ‘Donnie Brasco’, ‘Volcano’, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, ‘Six Days Seven Nights’ , “Return to paradise”. ,” the remake of “Psycho” and “Wag the Dog.”
Anne has also acted in a number of TV shows, like ‘Men in Trees’, ‘Hung’, ‘Aftermath’ and ‘The Brave’…and she also did voice acting for the animated TV series ‘The Legend’ of Korra”.
During the first year of the pandemic, Anne took part in “Dancing with the Stars”.
Anne famously dated Ellen Degeneres at the time…from 1997 until their highly publicized split in August 2000…she ended up marrying a cameraman Coleman Laffoonwhom she met on Ellen’s comedy tour.
Heche had a child with Laffoon, but their marriage ended in divorce. Her next relationship was with her “Men in Trees” co-star, James Tupper, with whom she had her second child. They separated in 2018 after 10 years together.
TMZ broke the story… LAPD sources say Anne was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl on August 5 when she committed at least 2 hit-and-runs before crash into a house and causing a fire.
Anne suffered significant injuries in the accident, including severe burns and lung damage.
Originally Posted — 11:19 AM PT