Daytime Emmy-Winning Actress Anne Heche Passed Away at 53

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)

Multi-faceted actress Anne Heche, whose career in Hollywood spanned 35 years, passed away at age 53. The Daytime Emmy-winning star lost her life in a devastating car crash and was taken off life support about a week after the accident took place.

Heche was involved in a sequence of two car crashes in Los Angeles on August 5. She was rushed to the hospital in a critical state, and her representatives said she wasn’t expected to survive after she spent several days in a coma. Heche was declared legally dead on August 12 and was left on life support until a suitable organ recipient was found.

The star’s family confirmed her passing in an official statement and said she will be deeply missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.

“We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend… Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche got her big break with her Daytime Emmy-winning role on the soap opera Another World, and went on to star in dozens of different projects in the next three decades. She played supporting roles in films Donnie Brasco, Volcano, Six Days, Seven Nights, and Return to Paradise and appeared on TV shows Men in Trees, Hung, Aftermath, and Gracie’s Choice, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.