'Sad end to a troubled life': Tributes pour in as Anne Heche dies at 53 after being announced brain dead

The news of Heche's death was confirmed by one of her close friends on Instagram and comes a few hours after she was announced brain dead

'Sad end to a troubled life': Tributes pour in as Anne Heche dies at 53 after being announced brain dead
Actress Anne Heche arrives for the premiere of Netflix's 'The Unforgivable'(Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
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MAR VISTA, LOS ANGELES: In one of the most heart-breaking news coming out of Hollywood, Daytime Emmy-winning actress Anne Heche has died almost a week after she endured severe injuries in a car accident. The actress was 53 years of age and suffered brain injuries when she crashed into a Los Angeles residence and set fire to both the home and vehicle. The news of her untimely demise was confirmed by one of her close friends, Nancy Davis, who wrote on Instagram that she will miss her "terribly" and cherish all the "beautiful memories" that they shared over the years.

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She wrote, "Heaven has a new Angel. My loving, kind, fun, endearing, and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. Anne was always the kindest, most thoughtful person who always brought out the best in me … My heart is broken."

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The confirmation of her death comes a few hours after her family announced that she suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” and was “not expected to survive”. In a statement shared earlier today, her family announced that she has been declared “brain dead” by the medical authorities and would be kept on life support until they figure out whether any of her remaining organs can be donated. The family also shared that it has “long been her choice” to be an organ donor. Shortly after the announcement made earlier in the day, her family announced that “she will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light”.

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life's work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light,” the statement added.

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Anne Heche attends the 74th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 12, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
Anne Heche attends the 74th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 12, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

As soon as the news of her death was confirmed by her family, social media users started pouring tributes for the fine actress and her family. Most of them admitted that she didn’t deserve to leave this way after suffering so much in her life. One of the users wrote, “A brave and incandescent person, gone too soon. Rest well. Praying for her sons as they try to cope with hard decisions that no one should have to make that young.” Another user noted, “What a sad end to a troubled life. RIP Anne Heche.” Another social media user wrote, “Condolences to the family. So sad. I remember Anne from her days on Another World. Just heartbreaking.” Another user tweeted, “The passing of Anne Heche is tragic, but that she was a native of my area makes it resonate so much more. It’s been a relentless year in this regard.”

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“Anne Heche had an incredibly traumatic life. I wish her peace,” said another one. “A huge loss God bless you Anne Heche an amazing talent courageous woman blacklisted by homophobic Hollywood in the 90s - a loving mother whose sons lost her way too early in their life.,” wrote another user. “It’s all so sad what happened to Anne Heche, especially carelessly putting others’ lives in danger. She was an under-appreciated actress who could make hokey dialogue ring sincere. My heart goes out to her family & friends, wrestling with the complexities of her life & death,” wrote one of her fans.

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Many hoped that the actress would recover from the injuries that she suffered after her representative announced that the ‘Volcano’ star is in a “stable” condition. However, things started getting worse and she slipped into a coma. The family’s statement earlier today made it clear that the actress won’t be able to survive.

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Anne Heche in a still from 'Another World' (IMDb)
Anne Heche in a still from 'Another World' (IMDb)

The actress came to recognition after playing twins on the soap opera ‘Another World’ in 1987, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award and two Soap Opera Digest Awards. After winning everyone’s hearts on TV, she made her feature film debut in 1993 with ‘An Ambush of Ghosts’. Her first major acting role in movies came with the movie ‘Wild Side’ alongside Christopher Walken and Joan Coen. -1997 saw her playing a supporting role in the universally-acclaimed movie ‘Donnie Brasco’ starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in pivotal roles.

She played Nicole Kidman’s sister in Jonathan Glazer’s psychological drama ‘Birth’, and Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend in hustler comedy ‘Spread’. Despite being a successful actress, Heche could never find inner peace and stated that she was “insane” for the first 31 years of her life. The actress revealed that all her actions were triggered by being sexually abused by her father during her infancy and childhood. While promoting her 2001 movie ‘Call Me Crazy’, Heche revealed that she designed a fantasy world called the ‘Fourth Dimension’ to make her feel safe.

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Anne Heche attends "The Best Of Enemies" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Her upcoming movie ‘Girl in Room 13’ is slated to release in September 2022 and will be premiering exclusively on Lifetime.

May her soul rest in peace!

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