Anne Heche Died After Life Support Was Discontinued (Latest News)

Anne Heche, an Emmy-winning performer whose 1990s Hollywood rise contrasted with personal hardship, died in a violent vehicle crash. She was 53-year-old

Heche “peacefully died,” spokesperson Holly Baird said Sunday night. Heche was on life support at a Los Angeles burn clinic after suffering a “serious anoxic brain injury”

She was certified brain-dead Friday but kept on life support for nine days to examine organ donation. Most organ transplants in the U.S. follow this determination.

Heche’s traumatic and tragic background pushed her into acting in an attempt to escape her life. She showed enough early promise to be offered professional work in high school and first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for the role of twins Marley and Vicky Hudson, who on the show suffered similar injuries: Vicky falls into a coma for months after a car crash.

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By the late 1990s, Heche was a regular on magazine covers and in big-budget blockbusters. In 1997, she starred opposite Johnny Depp in “Donnie Brasco,” Tommy Lee Jones in “Volcano,” and in the original “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

The next year, she starred with Ford in “Six Days, Seven Nights” and “Return to Paradise” She played Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant’s version of “Psycho” and co-starred in “Walking and Talking.”

Her personal life also led to prominence and emotional and professional instability. She met Ellen DeGeneres at the 1997 Vanity Fair Oscar party, fell in love, and started one of Hollywood’s first openly gay relationships. Heche later alleged the business was reluctant to cast her in big roles. Advisors opposed her idea to bring DeGeneres to the “Volcano” premiere.

“We were tapped on the shoulder, put in her limo in the third act, and told we couldn’t have press photos taken,” Heche revealed in 2018 on Irish Goodbye.

Anne Heche Died After Life Support Was Discontinued
Anne Heche Died After Life Support Was Discontinued

After she and DeGeneres split, Heche had a public meltdown and discussed her mental problems.

Heche’s elfin appearance belied her on-screen strength. In “Donnie Brasco” and “Wag the Dog,” Heche played a sarcastic White House assistant and held her own against Robert De Niro.

Heche emphasized her vulnerability. In 2002, she starred in “Proof” as a lady afraid of losing her mind like her math professor father. An Associated Press review applauded her “touching, emotional, yet humorous performance”

In the fall of 2000, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door near Fresno, California. She appeared scared and disoriented, speaking incoherently, according to authorities.

“Call Me Crazy,” Heche’s book, was published the following year. Heche told TV journalist Barbara Walters in 2001 about alleged sexual assault by her devoutly religious father, Donald Heche, who died of AIDS in 1983. Heche’s anguish was so severe that she fancied herself from another world.

Heche found he was gay in his final days and believes his inability to live honestly motivated his anger and destructive actions. Her brother Nathan was killed in a car crash soon after her father’s death.

“I’m sane. It’s crazy. Heche told Walters, “It took 31 years to get the craziness out of me.” “I drank to forget the past.” Inhaled. I hacked. I’ve had sex. I did anything to remove my embarrassment.

Heche dated Steve Martin in the 1990s and is said to have influenced Heather Graham’s character in “Bowfinger.” She had a son with cameraman Coleman Laffoon, whom she married from 2001 to 2009. She has another son with “Men In Trees” co-star James Tupper.

Heche has worked in smaller films, Broadway, and TV for 20 years. She has recurring parts on “Chicago P.D.” and “All Rise” and competed on “DWTS” in 2020.

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