Anne Heche: 5 Things To Know About The Actress Who Tragically Died At 53 After A Car Crash

Anne Heche sadly passed away after at the age of 53 after a terrifying car crash that left her with a severe brain injury.

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Anne Heche has died at the of 53. The Emmy Award winner crashed her blue Mini Cooper into a residential home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Aug. 6. She was pulled from the wreckage, which was engulfed in flames, then taken to hospital where she was intubated. While more tests will need to be done, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that cocaine was found in her system. Anne was tragically declared brain dead on Aug. 11 before passing on Aug. 12. Find out more about Anne’s past, including her romances, below.

Anne was a notable TV star.

Anne earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the Lifetime TV movie Gracie’s Choice. She also starred in the ABC series Men in Trees, Hung, and The Brave. Anne recently had the recurring role of Dep. Superintendent Katherine Brennan on Chicago P.D.

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Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe are partners on ‘DWTS.’ (ABC)

She has also starred in a number of films.

Anne is best known for starring alongside Harrison Ford in the adventure comedy Six Days, Seven Nights in 1998. She also starred in I Know What You Did Last Summer, John Q., and in the 1998 Psycho remake.

Anne dated Ellen DeGeneres

The couple started dating in 1997. They broke up in 2000, but Anne has no bad blood with her ex. “Our time was a beautiful part of my life and one that I wear with honor,” Heche told Mr. Warburton magazine in 2020. “I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her.”

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Anne Heche dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000. (AP)

Ellen sent love to Anne’s family and children after her death. “This is a sad day,” Ellen wrote via Twitter. “I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.” Just days before, the former talk show host confirmed that she and her ex are “not in touch” anymore to paparazzi, but added she did not “want anyone to be hurt.”

She has two kids. 

Anne married Coleman “Coley” Laffoon in 2001, and their son, Homer, was born in 2002. They split in 2007, and their divorce was finalized in 2009. Anne soon began dating her Men in Trees co-star James Tupper, and their son, Atlas, was born in 2009. Anne and James broke up in 2018 after over a decade together.

Anne has battled mental illness in the past.

“I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia,” she told Barbara Walters in 2006. “I believed I was from that world. I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane.” Anne said that her troubles started when her father, Donald Heche, began sexually abusing her when she was just a toddler. Anne opened up about her painful childhood in her 2003 memoir, Call Me Crazy.