American actress and director Anne Celeste Heche has died age 53

American actress and director Anne Celeste Heche has died age 53.

Heche had been in the hospital since Friday (August 5th) when a car she was driving crashed and caught fire in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

The US actress Heche has died, a week after she was critically injured in a car crash.

Heche came to recognition portraying Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in the soap opera Another World (1987–1991), which won her a Daytime Emmy Award and two Soap Opera Digest Awards. She came to prominence in the late 1990s with roles in the crime drama film Donnie Brasco (1997), the disaster film Volcano (1997), the slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), the action comedy film Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), and the drama-thriller film Return to Paradise (1998).


The news was confirmed by a representative for her family to the US online media outlet TMZ, who said in a statement today (August 11th):

“We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. 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.”


On August 5, 2022, Heche was involved in a sequence of two car crashes in the Mar Vista neighbourhood of Los Angeles, first when the Mini Cooper she was driving hit a garage at an apartment complex, and second when she crashed into a house, resulting in a fiery blaze that left her severely burned.

Los Angeles Fire Department later said that the vehicle caused structural compromise to the house and that it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to extinguish the fire and rescue Heche from the vehicle. At the time of the crash, the homeowner was in the backyard of the house and was not injured.


Video from Los Angeles’ Fox 11 showed Heche being removed from the accident scene. The Los Angeles Fire Department initially said that Heche was in critical condition in a statement released shortly after Heche was transported to a hospital.

On August 7, Heche’s friend Heather Duffy Boylston told the Associated Press that Heche was in stable condition. Law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times that Heche was “deemed to be under the influence and acting erratically” at the time of the crashes.

On August 8, a representative for Heche contradicted Boylston, stating Heche was in critical condition and in a coma, with medical ventilation required for a pulmonary injury.


On August 10, TMZ reported that Heche is now under investigation for felony DUI.

LAPD sources told TMZ … they have now upped the investigation to a felony because the woman inside the home claims she was injured — suffering cuts that required medical treatment.

LAPD sources also told TMZ … the department had tested the blood they drew after Anne was admitted to the hospital, and in addition to cocaine, they also found fentanyl.

However, fentanyl is sometimes used as a pain medication in hospitals, so they will need to do more testing and investigation to determine if the fentanyl was in her system at the time of the crash.


Following her portrayal of Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant‘s horror remake film Psycho (1998), which earned her a Saturn Award nomination, Heche went on to have roles in many well-received independent films such as the drama film Birth (2004), the sex comedy film Spread (2009), Cedar Rapids (2011), the drama film Rampart (2011), and the black comedy film Catfight (2016). She received acclaim for her role in the television film Gracie’s Choice, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and for her work on Broadway, particularly Twentieth Century, for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

Aside from her film roles, Heche starred in the comedy drama television series Men in Trees (2006–08), Hung (2009–11), Save Me (2013), Aftermath (2016), and the military drama television series The Brave (2017).

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