Anne Heche Passed Away at 53 After Devastating 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)

After being involved in a tragic car crash that left her in critical condition, Anne Heche was declared dead at 53. The Daytime Emmy-winning actress leaves a rich legacy behind, as one of the most multi-faceted film and TV stars in the past three decades.

Following a devastating car collision that left her in a coma, Heche was declared legally dead on August 12. She was left on life support until a suitable organ recipient was found because she expressed a wish to be an organ donor long before her tragic accident.

Heche’s family confirmed her passing in an official statement, saying that we have lost “a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend”, but that her legacy lives on through “her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.”

Heche got her big break with a role in the soap opera Another World, which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award and two Soap Opera Digest Awards. She went on to star in many other TV shows over the years, including Men in Trees, Hung, Aftermath, and Gracie’s Choice, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Heche was also an accomplished film actress, starring in such hits as Donnie Brasco, Volcano, Six Days, Seven Nights, and Return to Paradise. She turned to independent film in later years and appeared in acclaimed projects Birth, Spread, Cedar Rapids, and Rampart.