Hollywood is mourning the death of actress Anne Heche.
The Six Days Seven Nights star was declared dead on Thursday, August 11, a week after being involved in a devastating car crash that left her severely burned. Following the collision, Heche had been in critical condition and placed on a ventilator.
A representative for the actress confirmed her death at the age of 53.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” read the statement. “Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.“
It was the Emmy Award winner’s wish to be an organ donor. As such, she was kept on life support to allow medical personnel to assess the viability of her organs and locate recipients.
Heche leaves behind two sons, 20-year-old Homer and 13-year-old Atlas. The elder of the two released a heartbreaking statement following her death.
“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.“
Fellow stars also paid their condolences, including Robert De Niro, Carrie Ann Inaba, James Gunn, and Alicia Silverstone.
“I’m very sad to hear of the tragic passing of Anne Heche. She was a wonderful actress and I enjoyed working with her tremendously in Wag the Dog. Sad! Sad! Sad!“ said De Niro.
Silverstone wrote, “She was my favorite actress that I have ever worked with.”