Anne Heche was “endured peacefully by life support” nine days after suffering a “severe anoxic brain injury” in a car accident, a rep for the US actor confirmed.

The 53-year-old was taken to hospital in critical condition after driving her car into a Los Angeles home.

She had been classified as “legally dead under California law,” but her family had requested that her heart continue beating until a match for organ donation was found, in accordance with her wishes.

On Sunday, a spokesperson confirmed that the recipients had been identified and that surgeons were ready to remove and transplant “more organs”.

The Mini Cooper from Heche was rumored to have it whizzed out of control, crashed into a house in the Mar Vista area of ​​the city, and caught fire on August 5th.

Heche at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Pic: Associated Press

In a statement, her family said they had “lost a bright light, a kind and joyful soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend.”

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said it had closed its investigation.

“To date, there will be no further investigative efforts in this case,” police said in a statement.

“Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as soon as it arrives for formality and included in the general case. When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not show up for examination.”

The department had previously confirmed to the PA news agency that the incident was being investigated as a road traffic collision crime for driving under the influence (DUI) after preliminary blood tests revealed the presence of drugs in the Heche system.

However, further tests were needed to rule out hospital-administered substances.

Heche, who starred in the films Donnie Brasco, Wag The Dog and I Know What You Did Last Summer, leaves behind her two sons Atlas and Homer.

Winner of a 1991 Daytime Emmy Award for her roles as identical twin sisters on 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 HBO TV movie If These Walls Could Talk.

She became half of Hollywood’s most famous gay couple at the time when she dated comedian and actor Ellen DeGeneres.

Anne Heche, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, right, in 1999
Anne Heche, left, and Ellen DeGeneres in 1999

Against her studio’s wishes, Heche publicly came out at the 1997 red carpet premiere for the disaster film Volcano, bringing DeGeneres as her date.

The couple stayed 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, and was the youngest of five children.

At the age of 13, she was shocked by her father’s death from AIDS and the revelation that he had had secret gay relationships.

His brother Nathan died three months after his father in a car accident.

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