Anne Heche’s life support machine was turned off two days after she was officially declared brain dead.
Although Heche was declared brain dead on Friday, which the state of California says means the person is officially dead, she was left on life support to extract her heart.
On Sunday morning, it was reported that a couple had been identified to receive her organs and that support would be cut off later that day.
“Anne Heche has been peacefully taken off life support,” a spokeswoman for the actress said. TMZ Sunday evening.
“She has long decided to donate her organs and is being kept on life support to determine if they are viable,” a Heche spokesperson said earlier.
The Heche family released a statement to People, calling the former star “a bright light, the kindest and most joyful soul, a loving mother and a true friend.”
“Anne will be sorely missed but lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy,” the statement said.
“Her courage for always standing up for her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”
The former actress suffered an anoxic brain injury after she crashed her Mini Cooper into a house on August 5 in Los Angeles, speeding up to 90 miles per hour.
Before a horrific accident that set Heche’s car on fire, the star crashed into the garage of an apartment building.
People tried to help her, but she just left. She then veered through several hedgerows before crashing again.
This was reported to the Los Angeles Police Department. TMZ that the actress was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl when the accident occurred.
Toxicology tests, which can take weeks to complete, need to be done to better identify the drugs and differentiate them from any drugs Heche may have been given for treatment in the hospital.
She was in a coma for a week before being declared dead at the age of 53.
This was announced by the representative of Heche. TMZ: “Shortly after the accident, Ann Heche lost consciousness, fell into a coma and is in critical condition.
“She has severe lung damage requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgery.”
Heche’s acting career began in the mid-1980s when she played Vicki Hudson in Underworld.
She is perhaps best known for her role as Patricia Campbell on the NBC drama series Brave and as Dr. Amy Barnes on Volcano.
The actress has also had recurring roles on popular shows such as Ally McBeal, Everwood, The People in the Trees, Everybody Goes Up, and Chicago P.D.
Her film roles include Donnie Brasco (1997), The Disappeared (2020) and Thirteen Minutes (2021).
Heche also dated Ellen DeGeneres, which got them a lot of attention.
The two were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples and dated from 1997 to 2000.