Anne Heche dead: actress “peacefully” removed from life support system after accident

FILE - Anne Heche arrives at the 74th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards on March 12, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California is unlikely to survive. The statement released on behalf of her family says she is being kept alive to determine if she is a viable organ donor. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Heche was on life support for three days after being pronounced dead (Image: Invision/AP)

Anne Heche was taken off life support three days after being discharged officially declared dead.

The Emmy winner, who was 53, suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles, California on August 5.

Her blue Mini Cooper crashed into an apartment building and burst into flames, locking Heche inside for some time before 59 firefighters rushed to the scene to extricate her from the vehicle.

Heche was rushed to a hospital, where she “slid” into a coma while struggling with severe lung damage, burns and a brain injury.

On Friday, she was pronounced “legally dead under California law” after doctors determined she was brain dead.

However, she remained on a life support machine to preserve her organs until a recipient to her liking could be found.


Heche suffered serious injuries following a car crash in Los Angeles (Image: EPA)

On Sunday it was confirmed that a match to Heche’s organs had been identified.

A representative for the late actress said: “Anne Heche was peacefully taken off life support.”

After the ‘Another World’ actress was pronounced dead last week, her rep said in a statement: “We have lost a shining light, a kind and cheerful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend.

“Anne will be missed dearly, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, iconic work and passionate advocacy.

“Her bravery in always standing in her truth and spreading her message of love and acceptance will continue to have a lasting impact.”

One of Heche’s sons, Homer Laffoon, 19, also shared brief words about her mother’s death, saying, according to Reuters: “My brother Atlas and I lost our mother.”

Hours before Heche’s life support was turned off, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced it had completed its investigation into the crash.

The incident was investigated as a traffic accident while under the influence of a felony (DUI) after preliminary blood tests revealed the presence of drugs in Heche’s system. However, additional testing was required to eliminate hospital-administered substances.

“To date, no further investigative efforts have been made in this case,” said an LAPD spokesman.

“Any information or records requested prior to this turn of events will continue to be collected for the sake of formality as it arrives and will be included in the overall case. If a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present them for examination.’

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