Los Angeles: Big blow to Hollywood industry as 53-years-old American actress Anne Heche dies after being injured in a horror car crash on Aug 5. She was suffering a massive head injuries. Heche, 53, was taken out of the car in Los Angeles’s Westside neighborhood on last Friday morning after the car rammed into a house and engulfed a house in flames.
Priyanka Chopra pays tribute, the Baywatch actress wrote, “My heart goes out to Anne Heche’s children, family, friends, and everyone who grieves. It was an honour to have known you and worked by your side. You were a lovely person and an incredible actress. You will always have a special place in my heart.”
Having lost all brain function, she is “legally dead according to California law,” though her heart is still beating as her family keeps her body on life support while exploring organ donations, spokeswoman Holly Baird told sources.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” the family said in a joint statement.
“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, best known for 1990s movies “Donnie Brasco” and “Six Days, Seven Nights” as well as a high-profile relationship with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, crashed her car into a two-story house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The violent collision resulted in “structural compromise and… heavy fire” at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The ensuing blaze took 59 firefighters more than an hour to contain and fully extinguish, the department said.
Local media reported Thursday that preliminary tests of Heche’s blood had come back positive for narcotics, though more were needed to ensure the drugs had not been administered in the course of her treatment.
Heche came to prominence for her Emmy-winning work in the daytime television drama “Another World” and starred in other screen roles including the HBO series “Hung” and films such as “Wag the Dog” and “Cedar Rapids.”
She made headlines in the late 1990s for having an affair with comedian Ellen DeGeneres, when DeGeneres publicly came out as a lesbian. After their separation, Heche married cameraman Coleman Laffoon, but she later divorced, and she then spent a few years in a relationship with actor James Tupper, who co-starred with her on the short-lived TV show “Men in Trees”. He was an artist.