An official spokesperson for the actress Anne Heche has confirmed she died after being removed from life support nine days after sustaining severe injuries in a fiery auto accident.
Despite still having a heartbeat, Heche, 53, had been declared legally dead on Friday and was being kept on life support in order to preserve her organs for donation, according to her representative.
It has been reported that 53-year-old Anne Heche has passed away due to her injuries.
As reported by TMZ, a representative for the actress confirmed the actress was brain dead, which is a legal death in California.
“We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” the representative said. “Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”
On Aug. 5, Heche crashed into a house and caused a fire, causing critical injuries. According to a statement from Heche’s representative on Thursday, the comatose actress is likely to donate her organs.
The representative told TMZ on Friday that Heche was no longer experiencing brain activity. The Guardian also reported that Heche was to be taken off life support.
Friend Nancy Davis also posted an Instagram message about the actress’s death:
“Heaven has a new Angel . My loving , kind , fun , endearing and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared . Anne was always the kindest, most thoughtful person who always brought out the best in me. She was so supportive with anything she could do to help @racetoerasems and would always say yes when she knew she could contribute something with her time, talent and creative genius to help find a cure for MS . My heart is broken 💔💔💔”
Following a crash on Walgrove Avenue, the actress was taken immediately to the hospital. She suffered several burn injuries when her car burst into flames.
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