Anne Heche ‘peacefully taken off life support’ after death announcement

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<span>Photograph: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP</span>
Photograph: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP

Anne Heche has been taken off life support, a family representative said, following the announcement of her death on Friday.

Heche, 53, had been severely injured in a single-vehicle car crash on 5 August, and had suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury”, according to a statement to CNN by Heche’s family. Her “brain death” was confirmed on Friday, meeting a legal definition of death in California, but it is understood life support was maintained to facilitate organ donation. A family representative said she had been “peacefully taken off life support” on Sunday.

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Heche’s acting career took off in the late 1990s with prominent roles in Walking and Talking, Donnie Brasco and I Know What You Did Last Summer, before reaching the Hollywood A-list with films such as Wag the Dog, Six Days, Seven Nights (opposite Harrison Ford) and the 1998 remake of Psycho.

A relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, which began in 1997, attracted considerable media interest. In 2001, she published a memoir that claimed she had been sexually abused by her father.

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Her family had previously made a statement to media news outlet TMZ, which said: “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.”