Several media outlets, including the British newspaper The Guardian, reported on Friday that Heche had been taken off the ventilator, but later came back to this. Heche’s relatives tell AFP news agency that the actress has been declared brain dead and therefore died according to American law. Her heart is still beating because Heche is still on a ventilator, pending an organ donation.
The actress drove her car into a home in Los Angeles last Friday. Heche was taken to hospital in critical condition after the collision. Last weekend, a spokesperson said that the actress was stable, but on Monday it was announced that she was doing very badly and that she was in a coma. Police said traces of narcotics had been found in her blood.
The actress became known in the eighties for her role in the soap Another World. She could be seen in it until 1992. Later she starred in films such as Donnie Brasco (1997), Wag the Dog (1997) in Six Days Seven Nights (1998). For her role in the TV movie Gracie’s Choice in 2004 she was nominated for an Emmy Award.
In the late 1990s, Heche attracted a lot of media attention because of her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. shortly after the presenter came out. The two broke up in 2000 after three years. Just before Heche’s death, DeGeneres wrote on social media: “This is a sad day. I send all my love to Anne’s children, family and friends.”
A year after the end of her relationship with DeGeneres, Heche married cinematographer Coleman Laffoon, with whom she had a son. In 2007 she filed for divorce, which was final two years later. The actress then got into a relationship with actor James Tupper, with whom she also had a son. The two broke up in 2018.