She did not survive her serious accident last Friday, August 5, in the city of Los Angeles , California: US actress Anne Heche was declared brain dead, but was still on life-support equipment. She was last kept alive because of a possible organ donation. These have now been switched off.
US actress Anne Heche has died after a serious car accident. The 53-year-old was “peacefully disconnected from life-support equipment,” said her spokeswoman Holly Baird on Sunday evening (local time).
Heche had previously been declared brain dead . Under California law, a person is considered dead. However, she remained on life support equipment to determine if her organs would be suitable for future donation.
On August 5, the 53-year-old drove her car at high speed into a house in a western Los Angeles neighborhood.
A fire broke out when the seriously injured woman was trapped in the car.
Anne Heche was taken to the hospital with severe burns.
On Tuesday it was said that the patient had been in a coma since the accident.
Police previously announced that Anne Heche was under investigation for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Her blood was drawn, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles police, Jeff Lee. Drugs were found in her body.
Heche was one of the biggest Hollywood stars in the late 90s.
Years of struggles with mental health issues
In her 2001 memoir, the actress addressed her years of struggles with mental health issues and an abusive childhood.
At that time, a TV interview also caused a sensation in which Heche reported in shocking detail how her father Donald Heche had abused her for years as a child.
Her suffering was so extreme, she said, that she developed a split personality. You imagined coming from another planet.
Her father, who by his own admission was a deeply religious man, died in 1983 as a result of AIDS.
Not long after their father’s death, her brother Nathan – one of her four siblings – died in a car accident. In that 2001 interview with TV journalist Barbara Walters, Heche explained:
She fell in love with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at an Oscar party in 1997.
They were soon considered one of the first openly homosexual couples in Hollywood.
After three years, their relationship fell apart.
Anne Heche later said that her career took a hit during her liaison with DeGeneres because those in charge at the dream factory were reluctant to give her leading roles.
She also recalled how her advisors advised against having DeGeneres accompany her to the premiere of the disaster film Volcano.
“This is a sad day,” DeGeneres tweeted Friday in response to Anne Heche’s fate. “I send all my love to Anne’s children, family and friends.”