Anne Heche died following a car accident in Los Angeles which left her severely burned.
The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed We Weekly on August 5, the driver – whom they did not initially identify – reportedly accelerated as he headed east on Preston Way in Los Angeles. A blue Mini Cooper ran off the road as it entered the intersection of Preston and Walgrove and then collided with a house. A woman, Lynne Mishele, was at home, but she was in the yard and was not seriously injured.
The Mini Cooper was engulfed in flames and the driver was badly burned. A day after the incident, a Heche representative said We that the actress was “currently in stable condition,” adding, “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and respect her privacy during this difficult time.”
On August 8, however, a representative of the Dancing with the stars alum confirmed that Heche fell into a coma following the incident. “At this time she is in extremely critical condition, she has a significant lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgery,” the rep said. We in a report. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”
After the crash, best wishes for the Ohio native poured in from friends and former colleagues. “We have become close friends and my heart breaks for her and her family because of this terrible accident,” Keo Motsepewho partnered with Heche on DWTS, told Entertainment Tonight. “I pray that she makes a full recovery and I know the entire DWTS family sends her healing thoughts.”
James Tupper, who dated Heche from 2006 to 2018, asked fans to pray in a statement shared via Instagram. “Thoughts and prayers for this lovely wife, actress and mom tonight anneheche 💔 we love you,” the big little lies alum wrote on August 5. Volcano the actress and the Revenge alum shared son Atlas, born in March 2009. The Daytime Emmy Award winner also shared son Homer, born in March 2002, with her ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.
On August 11, it was announced that Heche would not wake up. “We want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses who cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital,” said a representative for Heche told Us Weekly in a statement on behalf of his family and friends on Thursday, August 11. “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.
Heche officially died on August 12, a week after the crash. “Anne is legally dead under California law,” a rep for Heche told Us at the time. “Her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off life support. This is to allow OneLegacy Foundation enough time to find [organ donor] recipients who will be a match.
She was taken off life support on August 14 after organ recipient screening. She received a walk of honor, a ceremony in which medical staff line the hallways leading to the operating room to thank the late patient for donating their organs.
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