Saying goodbye. Celebrities paid tribute to Anne Heche after the actress’ death at age 53 following the car crash that left her comatose.
Us WeeklyFriday, August 12, 2012: It was confirmed that the former All RiseStar was legally declared dead following the accident that occurred one week earlier.
James Gunn was quick to sing the late star’s praises on Friday, calling Heche’s role in Do you have proof? the “best acting performance I’ve ever seen” in a Twitter tribute. Kyle Richards was among many other celebrities who sent love to the Brave alum’s family amid the tragedy via social media.
Heche crashed her car into the Los Angeles home she was staying in on August 5. She suffered severe burns when her vehicle caught fire. Rep for the VolcanoActress first toldUseAlthough the Ohio native was initially in stable condition following the incident, things quickly took a bad turn.
“At this time she is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” the representative explained on August 8. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”
Three days later, a spokesperson for Anne Heche announced that Heche would likely never recover from her injuries. “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition,” the rep told UseNoting that the Men in Trees alum had “long” wanted to be an organ donor. “She is not expected to survive.”
The rep added of the star’s legacy: “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”
After the accident, Heche’s ex-boyfriend James Tupper asked fans to share their “thoughts and prayers” for the Daytime Emmy winner. The Wag the DogActress and the RevengeThe couple, who were together for more then a decade before they split in 2018, had a son named Atlas. He was born in March 2009. The Cedar RapidsStar also shared son Homer (born March 2002) with ex husband Coleman Laffoon.
Thomas JaneHeche was a long-term girlfriend of Anne, who also sent well wishes to the actress after the accident. “While Anne and I are no longer an item, today’s tragic news was devastating to me and to all who love her,” the Deep Blue SeaHeche starred with the actor in the HBO series. HungThen, he told the Daily MailAugust 6. “My heart goes out to Anne and her two sons. … My thoughts and prayers are with Anne, one of the true talents of her generation.”
Alec BaldwinHeche and starred in the Broadway production of the play with, Twentieth CenturyHis former costar was also honored via social media. “Hey, I just wanted to send out my best wishes and all my love to Anne Heche,” the 30 RockAn Instagram video was posted by the alum on August 6. “Anne is an old pal of mine and I did a movie with her — a very ‘90s thriller called The JurorWith Demi Moore, [who] was the star of the film.”
The Emmy winner went on to praise the “amazingly talented” actress and offer his “love and support” to her friends and family. “There’s not a lot of women [who] I’ve worked with that are brave in the way that Anne is brave,” Baldwin continued. “I mean, Anne was really, really … she would do anything [and] she was very original and very brave.”
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