Breaking: Actress Anne Heche Is Declared Dead at 53 After Car Crash, Report

Actress Anne Heche has been declared dead one week after a devastating car accident in Los Angeles left her with severe injuries, according to multiple outlets.

The news was confirmed Friday by a family representative, The Guardian reported.

“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,” the rep told TMZ.

The actress was officially declared brain dead. Per California law, even though her heart is technically beating, she is considered legally deceased.

Rolling Stone reporter Nancy Dillon tweeted the news Friday.

Earlier on Friday, Nancy Davis, one of Heche’s friends, shared the tragic update in an Instagram post.

“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,” Davis wrote.

“Anne was always the kindest, most thoughtful person who always brought out the best in me. She was so supportive with anything she could do to help @racetoerasems and would always say yes when she knew she could contribute something with her time, talent and creative genius to help find a cure for MS . My heart is broken.”

Heche was 53 and left her two sons behind.

Another celebrity close to Heche also responded to the news.

It was reported earlier Friday that doctors were considering taking her off of life support, according to Fox News, but only kept her on it to determine if any of her organs were viable for donation.

According to the Heche’s rep, she would have been glad her organs were donated because it meant she helped save lives.

While in a coma, she was reportedly struggling to survive due to a brain injury and damage to her lungs after the fiery car crash.

Heche remained in a critical condition after driving her car, while under the influence of drugs, into a Los Angeles home, the Daily Mail reported. Both the house and car caught fire.

The actress’ Hollywood career spanned many movies and TV shows, including “Donnie Brasco,” “Six Days Seven Nights” and the soap opera “Another World.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.