ANNE Heche was taken off life support on Sunday, two days after she was legally declared brain dead and after a match who will preserve her organs was identified.
While Heche was declared brain dead on Friday, which the state of California believes means a person is legally dead, she was being kept alive to harvest her heart.
She was kept alive so her organs could be donated, with People reporting a match had been found.
“Anne Heche was peacefully taken off life support,” a spokesman said for the actress.
“She has long since decided to donate her organs and she is being placed on life support to see if any are viable,” a Heche representative told the Daily News before Sunday.
Heche’s family released a statement to People, calling the former star “a bright light, a kind and cheerful soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend.”
“Anne will be greatly missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, iconic work and passionate advocacy,” the statement continued.
“Her bravery in always standing in her truth and spreading her message of love and acceptance will continue to have a lasting impact.”
The former actress had suffered an anoxic brain injury after driving her Mini Cooper into a house and reportedly speeding up to 90 miles per hour in Los Angeles on August 5.
The star crashed into an apartment complex garage before the horrifying wreck that left Heche’s car ablaze.
People tried to help her but she just drove away. Then she lurched through some hedges before finally falling again.
Los Angeles Police Department officials told TMZ that the actress was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl at the time of the accident.
Toxicology tests, which can take weeks, must be performed to more clearly identify the drugs and differentiate them from any drugs Heche may have received for hospital treatment.
She was in a coma for a week before being pronounced dead at the age of 53.
A Heche representative told TMZ: “Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche passed out, went into a coma and is in critical condition.
“She has a significant lung injury that requires mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”
Heche’s acting career began in the mid-1980s when she played Vicky Hudson in Another World.
She is arguably best known for her roles as Patricia Campbell on the NBC drama series The Brave and as Dr. Amy Barnes in the movie Volcano.
The actress has also had recurring roles on popular shows like Ally McBeal, Everwood, Men In Trees, All Rise and Chicago PD.
Her film roles include Donnie Brasco (1997), The Vanished (2020) and Thirteen Minutes (2021).
Heche also dated Ellen DeGeneres, which got them a lot of attention.
The two were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples, dating from 1997 to 2000.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5997841/anne-heche-news-life-support-organ-recipient/ Anne Heche is taken off life support and confirmed dead hours after the organ recipient was identified, the family paying tribute