Sending her love. Lynne Mishele‘s home was destroyed in a car crash involving Anne Heche on Friday, August 5, and she shared her reaction to the driver’s death.
“The news of Anne Heche passing is devastating. Her family and her friends and her children, especially, really have suffered a great loss, and my heart goes out for them,” Mishele said in a video shared via Instagram on Friday, August 12. “This entire situation is tragic — and there really are just no words. I’m sending love to everyone involved.”
Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper when it collided with a home at 1700 Block Walgrove St. in Los Angeles. This happened around 11:05 a.m. local on August 5. The Los Angeles Fire Department later confirmed that Heche’s vehicle was 30 feet inside the home, which was less then 800 square feet. Michele was in her backyard at the time and suffered only minor injuries. TMZReport on Wednesday, August 10
The professional organizer and her pets survived the crash, but it started a fire that required 59 firefighters to extinguish. After the flames had been put out, the home was deemed unsafe.
In an Instagram video shared on Thursday, August 11, Mishele said she is “still recovering” after the incident. “It’s obviously been the most insane, traumatic time, confusing … eventually I’ll try to get back to everybody and try to read everybody’s comments,” she said. “Thank you everybody from the bottom of my heart. It’s really, truly overwhelming. You guys really have impacted my life in a really profound way so thank you so much to everybody and I will keep you updated.”
Mishele’s neighbors also set up a GoFundMe to raise money for the expenses caused by the damage to her home and loss of all her belongings. As of Saturday, August 13, they had raised more than $160,000 dollars.
At the time of the crash, the Los Angeles Fire Department said the driver — who was later identified as Heche — sustained severe burns but was conscious and able to speak with firefighters before being taken to a trauma center.
The following day, the Donnie Brasco star’s representative confirmed that she was comatose and in critical condition. Heche would not wake again, the rep said on Thursday, August 11.
“We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital,” the statement read on behalf of Heche’s family. “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.”
She was declared brain dead by the rep on August 12. According to California law this means that she died on August 12th, although her heart was still beating. Her organs are being examined for donation.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” a statement from her family said. “Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”
Heche is survived her sons, Homer (20), and she shared their lives with Coleman Laffoon, and Atlas, 13-year-old, whom she shared with James Tucker.