Actress Anne Heche has been pronounced dead after being involved in a tragic car accident, The Guardian confirmed on August 12. She was 53 years old.
Heche was seriously injured after suffering multiple crashes with her Mini Cooper in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles in early August. The star first struck a condominium garage, where video obtained by TMZ appears to show bystanders trying to help Heche before she reverses her car and speeds away. A second video obtained by the outlet shows the actress speeding through a residential neighborhood just before her car crashes into a house and bursts into flames. The horrific accident left the “Aftermath” actor in a coma with a “substantial lung injury” that required a mechanical ventilator and severe burns that required “surgical intervention,” a Heche representative told ABC News.
While Heche was in a coma, the LAPD confirmed Heche was under investigation for a felony DUI because a woman involved in the incident was injured, TMZ reported. Still, the sad and troubling circumstances haven’t stopped many fans from reminiscing about her truly impressive work.
Heche was an accomplished actor and trailblazer
Anne Heche is perhaps best known for her roles in films such as Psycho, Donnie Brasco, and Cedar Rapids. However, the beloved star first gained notoriety for her performance on the daytime soap opera Another World, which garnered her multiple awards. Heche’s prosperous career has notably included a starring role in the 1997 blockbuster ‘Volcano’, opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and ‘Six Days Seven Nights’, a romantic comedy in which she starred opposite Hollywood stars. Icon Harrison Ford worked. In selecting the roles, Heche told The Action Elite, “When the story is compelling and makes me want to turn every page, then I have the gift of being able to do my job really well because I can find the character who does the same Fulfills.”
Outside of work, Heche has been hailed as a trailblazer for her groundbreaking relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, which helped pave the way for other same-sex relationships in Hollywood. And according to Heche, it came at a price, who said she was later shunned from Hollywood. “I haven’t done a studio picture for 10 years,” she told Page Six in 2021. “I got fired from a $10 million picture deal.”
After the star split from DeGeneres in 2000, she began a relationship with cinematographer Coleman Laffoon, whom she met while working on a documentary about DeGeneres, per The US Sun. The two married and welcomed a son, Homer, in 2002. The couple called it quits in 2007 and opened the door to her relationship with James Tupper, also known as her co-star on Men In Trees. The couple share son Atlas, born in 2009, who separated in 2018.