Anne Heche did experience some joyful moments in the weeks leading up to her tragic passing.
The veteran actress passed away earlier today in Los Angeles, at the age of 53.
Heche’s devastating death occurs nearly ten days after the actress had been in a car crash, which left her in a coma.
According to The Blast’s report chronicling her passing, her family had publicly spoken about her death, having issued a statement detailing that Heche was “not expected to survive” due to the brain injury she had sustained after the August 5th car crash.
More Details Surrounding Heche’s Passing
In addition to releasing a statement, Heche’s family had officially confirmed they had removed Heche from life support around 1 PM Eastern time, per the Daily Mail. Shortly afterward Heche’s family had officially confirmed she had passed away, about an hour after Heche’s representative had revealed the actress had been brain dead, per TMZ.
Yesterday, Heche’s representative told People Magazine her client’s chances for survival did not look good.
Heche’s rep wrote, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury, and remains in a coma, in critical condition…”
The statement, which had been authorized by her family, went on to detail Heche’s wish for her organs to be donated upon her death.
“It has long been her choice to donate her organs, and she’s being kept on life support to determine if any are viable,” the statement continued.
Inside The Actress’ History With Mental Illness
Heche had long been open about her struggle with mental illness.
In 2001, the actress sat down with Barbara Walters to discuss her memoir, “Call Me Crazy.”
In the interview, Walters does not hesitate and immediately launches in with a loaded question for the “Ally McBeal” actress.
“Anne, are you crazy?” Walters asks.
“I’m not crazy, no,” Heche responds while visibly gathering her thoughts. “I’ve lived a crazy life, I was raised in a crazy family, and it took me 31 years to get the crazy out of me,” she adds.
She goes on to tell Walters she had “another personality,” after Walters inquires for more of an explanation behind Heche’s statement she had written in her memoir, claiming she had been “insane” for 31 out of her then 32 years.
“I had a fantasy world, that I escaped to,” she went on to explain, “I called my other personality ‘celestia,’ I called the other world I created for myself, ‘the fourth dimension,’ I believed I was from that world, I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane,” she said. (via ABC.com)
The Blast has also taken a closer look at Heche’s history of erratic public behavior.
Our report chronicled the upsetting aftermath of Heche’s split with Ellen DeGeneres in the early aughts. Heche had suffered a mental breakdown only hours after she and DeGeneres had ended their relationship, wherein she had found her way into a stranger’s residence shortly after leaving her car unattended on a central California highway.
Heche Did Have Happiness In Her Life
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Despite her well-known battle with mental illness and addiction, Heche surrounded herself with positivity during her last days.
Her visible happiness can be seen in the actress’s last Instagram post from four weeks ago.
Heche shared bright photos while on a set of what Heavy.com describes as being a romantic comedy. The photos feature Heche posing closely with Matthew and Andrew Lawrence, and Joey’s wife, Samantha.
Heche’s followers and commentators carried on a serious conversation in the comment section of Heche’s post.
One commentator wrote, “Nobody knows how it is to walk in someone else’s shoes, nobody knows what she endured in her childhood deep[ly] rooted wounds that are almost unmeasurable.”
This comment has received over one thousand likes as of this writing.