‘Another World’ And ‘men In Trees’ Star Anne Heche Dies At 53
It has been reported that Emmy Award-winning actress Anne Heche has passed away, and PEOPLE has learned. She was 53 years old when she passed away.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” a rep for the actress tells PEOPLE in a statement on behalf of Heche’s family and friends in a statement.
In spite of her passing, Anne will always be remembered for her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy for the rights of women.
Her bravery for speaking her truth and spreading her message of love and acceptance will continue to have a lasting impact on the world for generations to come.”
As a representative of the family tells PEOPLE, while she is technically dead according to California law, her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off life support in order to give the OneLegacy Foundation the time it needs to find recipients who will be a good match for her.
The older of Heche’s two sons, Homer, 20, also expressed his sadness in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.
According to him, “both my brother Atlas and I lost our mother,” he explains. “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness in my heart.
I only hope my mom is free from pain and has begun to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom as she explores the world.”
In his response, he went on to acknowledge the outpouring of love he has received from around the world for him and his family.
There were thousands of friends, family, and fans who made their hearts known to me in those six days,” he says.
As a result, I am grateful for their love and support, as well as my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi, who have been my rock during this time. Rest in Peace Mom, I love you so much.
Her death comes only a week after she crashed her car into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, destroying the house and leaving the actress in critical condition.
It was impossible for her to regain consciousness after the accident.
According to her representative on Thursday, the prognosis for her condition was dire. “Unfortunately, as a result of her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma in a critical condition,” the rep for Heche’s family told PEOPLE in a statement on behalf of her.
It has long been her choice to donate her organs to others, so she is being kept on life support throughout her treatment to determine if any of them are viable. She is not expected to survive.
As part of the statement, Heche also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and for the care shown to him in the aftermath of the devastating accident that took place on Aug. 5.
We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and would also like to thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that have taken care of Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital,” the statement reads.
The career of actress Anne Heche spanned decades and included memorable roles on TV, in film, and on stage.
In the late ’80s and ’90s, she rose to fame for her roles in the soap opera Another World (1987–1991), as well as the films Volcano, Wag the Dog, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Six Days Seven Nights, and the 1998 remake of Psycho.
The actress is also known for her role in the 2004 movie Gracie’s Choice for which she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for the best-supporting actress, as well as the ABC romantic comedy series Men in Trees, which aired from 2006 to 2008.
As a representative of the actress’s family, a spokesperson for the family tells PEOPLE, “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit throughout her life.”
“Apart from her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle of acceptance for the people who we love most.” Her courage, honesty, and light will always be remembered, and she will be dearly missed for her light..”