Star of "Wag the Dog" and "Donnie Brasco" Anne Heche has passed away at the age of 53.

Star of “Wag the Dog” and “Donnie Brasco” Anne Heche has passed away at the age of 53

Anne Heche, a captivating performer whose flexibility fueled an admirable career in television and movies that spanned four decades, passed away on Sunday at the age of 53.

Earlier on Sunday night, a representative for Anne Heche’s family informed CNN that the actress had “peacefully been taken off life support.” Later on, the representative confirmed that the actress had passed away.

Star of "Wag the Dog" and "Donnie Brasco" Anne Heche has passed away at the age of 53.

On August 5, the vehicle driven by Heche was involved in a fiery collision with a house in Los Angeles.

According to a statement released to CNN by Heche’s family and friends, the actress suffered multiple catastrophic injuries as a result of the accident, one of which was a “severe anoxic brain injury,” which occurs when a person’s brain is deprived of oxygen.

eche was a talented actress who won several awards for her roles in films such as the adaptation of “Psycho” in 1998 and the romantic comedy “Six Days Seven Nights,” in which she co-starred with Harrison Ford.

She also directed a piece for the HBO film “If These Walls Could Talk 2” in 2000, and in her memoir published in 2001, she disclosed the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father as a child, which contributed to her lifelong struggle with mental illness.

Her first performance on television was in the soap opera “Another World” in 1987, for which she was nominated and ultimately won a Daytime Emmy. After she left the show, she launched a film career and has since been in several critically acclaimed movies, such as “Donnie Brasco” and “Wag the Dog.”

They immediately became one of the most prominent same-sex couples in the world after Heche and Ellen DeGeneres began dating in 1997. 

They immediately became one of the most prominent same-sex couples in the world after Heche and Ellen DeGeneres began dating in 1997.  In the year 2000, the couple divorced.

In an interview with Page Six from the previous year, Heche explained that she lost gigs as a direct result of her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. She referred to herself as “patient zero of cancel culture.”

She stated that despite this, she regarded herself to be “part of the transition” that contributed to the normalisation of same-sex partnerships in contemporary society.

She stated this to Page Six and said, “I’m a part of it.” It should be worn as a badge of honour.

She revealed that her father had sexually molested her when she was a child in the autobiography she wrote in 2001 titled “Call Me Crazy.” She also stated that she struggled with mental illness for the most of the first 30 years of her life.

She stated in an interview that same year with CNN’s Larry King that her identity became fractured between herself and a personality that she had created as a child in order to cope to the abuse.

She shared with King that in order to arrive to this point in her life, she had to “live through a lot of life.” “I had to face the reality and go past the embarrassment, and I’m very thankful for every step that I took along the way. 

I don’t believe that I would have been able to deal with it any earlier on my own.”

Heche made her Broadway debut in the 2004 production of “Twentieth Century,” for which she was considered for a Tony Award nomination. In more recent years, Heche has made her way back to the small screen, making guest appearances on television shows such as “The Brave,” “Quantico,” and “Chicago P.D.” On the 29th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” which aired in 2020, she was a contestant.

The members of Heche’s Hollywood community offered their condolences upon hearing the news of her crash. Her ex-partner and “On Instagram, her co-star from “Men in Trees,” James Tupper, who is also the father of one of her two sons, posted the following: “Thoughts and prayers for this great woman, actress, and mother tonight, Anne Heche.” We love you.”