In a statement, Heche’s son, Homer Laffoon, 20, wrote: “My brother Atlas and I have lost our mother. After six days of almost incredible emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless grief. Hopefully my mother is free from pain and begin to explore what I like to envision as her eternal freedom.”
A week after the crash, Heche is “brain dead” but remains on a ventilator, according to a statement from her family and friends and shared to CNN by their representative.
Under California law, Heche is considered legally dead because of her condition.
Heche has not been taken off the ventilator, so they have time to determine if she is suitable for organ donation, the representative said.
The family said in an earlier statement on Thursday evening that it has been Heche’s choice for a “long time” to donate her organs.
“We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” the family said in a statement. “Anne will be deeply missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work and her passionate advocacy. Her courage to always stand in her truth and spread her message of love and acceptance will have a lasting impact .”
Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury, which deprives the brain of oxygen, as a result of the crash, according to the family representative.
A woman who was in the house at the time of the crash suffered minor injuries and sought medical attention, Lee said.
In their message on Thursday, Heche’s family and friends thanked her healthcare team at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and paid tribute to Heche’s “big heart” and “generous spirit.”
“More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work – especially moving the needle to accept who you love,” the statement read.
Heche rose to fame on the soap opera “Another World”, where she played the dual role of twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love from 1987 to 1991. She earned a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the show.
Heche followed that success with numerous films, including “Donnie Brasco”, “Wag the Dog” and “Six Days Seven Nights” opposite Harrison Ford.
In more recent years, Heche has appeared in TV shows like “The Brave”, “Quantico” and “Chicago PD”
“More than a beloved host, Anne was my friend, collaborator and a damn fine actress. Anne brought life to every room she entered with her tremendous energy and welcoming presence,” Tillotson said.