Los Angeles, US, Aug 12 (EFE).- Hollywood paid tribute to American actor Anne Heche on Friday after a family spokesperson said she had been declared brain dead at the age of 53, but remained on life support for possible organ donation.
Heche had been in a coma for a week after she crashed her car into a house while driving at high speed in Los Angeles.
Under California law, due to her condition, Heche is considered legally dead.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” her family said in a statement through a spoksperson.
“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.”
The actor has two sons to her two ex-husbands: Homer, 20, to cameraman Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, to actor James Tupper.
“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” Homer said in a statement to People. “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”
Tupper posted a photo of Heche to his Instagram with the text “love you forever” and a broken heart emoji.
Heche also once had a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, who wrote on Twitter: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”
Actor Rosanna Arquette posted: “Rest In Peace now Anne.”
Friend and philanthropist Nancy Davis, who was the first to confirm the news, said on Instagram: “Heaven has a new Angel. My loving, kind, fun, endearing and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared.”
Heche rose to fame in the late 1980s on the soap opera “Another World,” for which she won an Emmy.
She later starred in several independent films, some reaching great success, such as “Psycho” (1998), “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1997) and “Six Days, Seven Nights” (1998).
On stage, she was nominated for a Tony for the Broadway play “Twentieth Century” and she also competed in “Dancing With The Stars,” one of the most popular shows on American television.
The upcoming premiere of her film “Girl in Room 13,” in which she played the mother of a daughter kidnapped by a trafficking network is to go ahead, the Lifetime television channel has confirmed.
The actress was admitted to West Hills Hospital on Friday, Aug. 5, after two crashes, the second when her blue Mini Cooper crashed into a house in Los Angeles and burst into flames.
The Los Angeles Police said Thursday that blood tests revealed “the presence of drugs,” although additional tests were needed. EFE