Anne Heche Dies at 53 Following a Tragic Car Crash

Anne Heche at the 74th Annual DGA Awards in March 2022
Anne Heche at the 74th Annual DGA Awards in March 2022. Photo by Matt Baron/Shutterstock (12847062fs)

Daytime Emmy-winning actress Anne Heche, whose career in Hollywood spanned over three decades, passed away at 53. The news of her tragic death comes about a week after she was involved in a fiery car crash, and she was eventually declared dead and taken off life support.

Heche’s family released an official statement announcing the devastating news, where they described her as bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.

“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.”

Heche was in critical condition after being involved in a car crash on August 5, and her representatives later said she wasn’t expected to survive. She was kept on life support until a viable organ recipient was found because she expressed a wish to be an organ donor.

Heche rose to prominence with the Daytime Emmy-winning role in the soap opera Another World. Her illustrious career included roles in movies Donnie Brasco, Volcano, Six Days, Seven Nights, and Return to Paradise and TV shows Men in Trees, Hung, Aftermath, and Gracie’s Choice, for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination.