Anne Heche has been “peacefully taken off life support” nine days after sustaining a serious brain injury in a car accident, a representative for the American actress has confirmed.
Heche, 53, drove her car into a house in Los Angeles and has been in the hospital ever since.
She had been classified as “legally dead under California law,” but her family had asked that her heart continue to beat until a compatible organ for donation was found, respecting her wishes.
On Sunday, a spokesman confirmed that the recipients had been identified and that surgeons were ready to remove and transplant “multiple organs.”
Heche’s Mini Cooper was said to have sped out of controlit crashed into a house in the Mar Vista area of the city and caught fire on August 5.
Her family said they had “lost a bright light, a kind and cheerful soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend”.
Earlier on Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said it had concluded its investigation.
“No further investigative efforts will be made in this case,” he said.
“Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as it arrives as a matter of formality and will be included in the overall case. When a person suspected of a crime dies, we do not show up for the presentation consideration.
The department had previously confirmed that the crash was being investigated as a felony DUI after preliminary blood tests found drugs were in Heche’s system.
However, additional tests were required to rule out substances administered in the hospital.
Heche, who starred in the films Donnie Brasco, Wag The Dog and I Know What You Did Last Summer, is survived by her two sons, Atlas and Homer.
Winner of a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991 for her role as identical twin sisters on the NBC soap opera Another World, Heche starred in the 1998 adventure comedy Six Days Seven Nights with Harrison Ford and starred opposite Demi Moore and Cher in the film for HBO TV If These Walls Could Talk.
He became one half of the most famous same-sex couple in Hollywood at the time, when he dated comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres.
Against the wishes of her studio, Heche publicly appeared at the 1997 red carpet premiere for the disaster film Volcano, bringing DeGeneres as her date.
The couple was together for more than three years before Heche ended the relationship.
In 2001 she married Coleman Laffoon, a cameraman.
After the couple divorced, Heche began a long-term relationship with actor James Tupper, which ended in 2018.
Anne Celeste Heche was born in Aurora, Ohio, on May 25, 1969, the youngest of five children.
At age 13, she was shocked by her father’s death from AIDS and the revelation that he had secretly had homosexual relationships.
His brother Nathan died three months after their father in a car accident.