Daytime Emmy-Winning Actress Anne Heche Passes Away Following 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)

Hollywood is mourning the death of the Daytime-Emmy-winning actress Anne Heche, who passed away at age 53. She was involved in a tragic car crash that left her in a coma and her representatives revealed she was not expected to survive even before she was officially declared dead.

Heche was involved in a catastrophic car collision on August 5 that left her severely injured. She was left on life support until her organs were harvested for donation, and was declared legally dead on August 12.

Heche’s passing was officially announced in a statement by her family, which described her as “a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend”, adding that she lives on “through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.”

Heche is survived by two sons, Atlas Heche Tupper and Homer Laffoon, who also released a statement following her death and thanked family, friends, and fans for their support.

“Today my brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully, my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom,” said Laffoon.

Heche got her big break with the Daytime Emmy winning-role in the soap opera Another World. She went on to star in movies Donnie Brasco, Volcano, Six Days, Seven Nights, and Return to Paradise and appeared on TV shows Men in Trees, Hung, Aftermath, and Gracie’s Choice, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.