LOS ANGELES, Aug 14 (Reuters) – American actress Anne Heche was taken off life support on Sunday, nine days after she was seriously injured in a car accident as a compatible man was unable to receive her donated organs. was found, a spokesperson said.

His representatives said Heche, 53, had been legally dead since Friday, though still with heart palpitations, and had been put on life support to preserve his organs so they could be donated.

“Anne Heche has been peacefully removed from life support.”

spokeswoman Holly Baird said in a statement.

Heche’s Mini Cooper spiraled out of control, collapsed in a house and burst into flames on August 5, leading to a painful hospital stay with grim messages from her family and representatives.

On Friday, 19-year-old Homer Laffoon, one of their two sons, issued a statement saying: “My brother Atlas and I lost our mother.”

Heche, who starred in the films “Donnie Brasco,” “Wag the Dog” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” struggled for decades with relapse from a troubled childhood and was part of a same-sex couple. 1990s.

Winner of a 1991 Daytime Emmy Award for their roles as identical twin sisters in the NBC soap opera “Another World,” Heche starred alongside Harrison Ford in the 1998 adventure comedy “Six Days Seven Nights” and starred Demi Moore and Cher acted with. HBO TV movie “If This Walls Could Talk.”

While he was dating comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres, she became half of Hollywood’s most famous gay couple. Against the wishes of her studio, Heche publicly brought DeGeneres as her date to the red carpet premiere of the disaster film “Volcano” in 1997.

The pair were together for more than three years before Heche ended the relationship.

In an October 2021 interview with the Page Six entertainment website, Heche said that she was “blacklisted” by Hollywood because of her relationship with DeGeneres. “I didn’t do a studio picture for 10 years. I was kicked out of a $10 million picture deal and a studio picture didn’t see the light of day.”

In 2001, she married Coleman Laffoon, a cameraman. After the couple divorced, Heche began a long-term relationship with actor James Tupper which ended in 2018.

Anne Celeste Heche was born on May 25, 1969, in Aurora, Ohio, and was the youngest of five children. At the age of 13, she was shocked by the death of her father from AIDS and the revelation that they had a secret homosexual relationship.

“Up until that day he was in complete denial,” Heche told CNN’s Larry King in 2001. She said in 1998 that her death taught her that the most important thing in life is to speak the truth.

His brother, Nathan, died three months later in his father’s car accident.

Heche said that her father raped her as a child, causing her mental health to struggle for decades, including persistent fantasies that she was from another planet.

“I’m not crazy,” Heche told ABC News in 2001 at the release of his book “Call Me Crazy: A Memoir.”

“But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took me 31 years to get out of the crazy.”

Heche’s mother, Nancy, denied her daughter’s claim that she knew about the sexual abuse, calling it “lies and blasphemy”, and her sister Abigail has said that she believed “about our father”. Memories are unreal.” She said that Anne Heche had herself doubted her memories of the time.

Later in his career, Heche starred in the NBC TV series “The Brave” as a senior member of the Defense Intelligence Agency and appeared on the competition show “Dancing with the Stars” in late 2020.

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