Anne Heche Mental Health: Star of “Donnie Brasco,” “Wag the Dog,” and “Six Days, Seven Nights,” Anne Heche passed away on Friday, August 11, just seven days after a serious car accident on August 5 left her in critical condition and a coma (via CNN). A 53-year-old Heche. The removal of her from life support was announced by her family, confirming her death (via The Guardian). Her two sons, Atlas Heche Tupper and Homer Laffoon will carry on her legacy.
Heche’s early roles in the soap opera “Another World” and the movies “An Ambush of Ghosts” and “Donnie Brasco” earned her critical acclaim. In 2002, she first gained notice on Broadway, and by 2004, she had won her first Emmy for Gracie’s Choice Award. After dating Ellen DeGeneres in 1997, she became even more well-known, but the relationship ended badly, and Heche was soon hospitalized for mental health issues.
According to his Biography, her lifelong struggles were chronicled in her memoir “Call Me Crazy,” published in 2001. She started out with her show, “Men in Trees,” in 2006 and has since starred in several other TV series, including NBC’s “The Brave,” a military drama. Her mental health issues, likely stemming from a challenging childhood, persisted, however, throughout her life, despite her achievements.
She revealed that her father had sexually abused her when she was young and that the abuse had caused her to suffer from mental illness for more than three decades in an interview with Barbara Walters in 2001.
Details About The Car Crash
KTLA reports Heche’s car crashed into a Los Angeles home after speeding through an intersection. A witness told Fox News that they saw Heche’s car speeding past their house just moments before the collision. According to him, Heche was still alive when he arrived at the crash site.
Firefighters worked for over an hour to put out the blaze, which had spread to both the car and the house. Firefighters could not free her from the burning vehicle until the blaze was under control. On Wednesday, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department told CNN that Heche was being investigated for possible DUI and that they were awaiting the results of a blood sample taken at the scene.
A toxicology report from Thursday confirmed that she had drugs in her system at the time of the accident, as reported by Today. The Associated Press reports that Heche slipped into a coma after suffering severe injuries to her lungs, despite initial hopes that she would make a full recovery. The procedure was set to take place on August 9.
A family representative revealed Heche’s “anoxic” brain injury on Thursday (via NBC News). It has always been her wish to donate her organs, so her family is keeping her on life support while doctors check to see if any of them are usable. According to Today, an anoxic brain injury occurs when oxygen is denied to the brain, resulting in the death of brain cells. Such trauma frequently causes irreversible brain damage or even death.
Anne Heche Struggles With Mental Illness
Heche reportedly had a hard time dealing with her father’s sexual abuse for a long time. She admitted that she self-medicated with sex and drugs to deal with her shame. The celebrity stated in an interview with ABC, “It was a drinking session, and I participated. I was a smoker. For a while, I experimented with drugs.
I’ve been sexually active with other people. Whenever I could, I did whatever it took to erase the stigma from my existence.” Similarly, acting gave her the freedom to experience new worlds; in one of her aliases, she even considered herself an incarnation of God. She gained notoriety thanks to her romance with DeGeneres, but that exposure might not have been beneficial.
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The breakup with DeGeneres in 2000, she told ABC News, was the breaking point in her mental illness. A voice told her to search for a spaceship in the neighborhoods of Fresno, California. As she explained to Larry King of CNN in 2001, the episode served as a wake-up call for her to prioritize her mental health.
She met and married videographer Coley Laffoon after being hospitalized, and the couple had their first child, Homer, in 2002. In the future, she became romantically involved with James Tupper, her co-star in “Men in Trees,” as reported by Biography. According to Fox News, Tupper and Heche have a son named Atlas. According to IMDB, Heche has several projects in post-production at the moment, including “The Vanished” and “13 Minutes.”
Anne Heche Recent Podcast Gained Attention
Many are saddened by her passing, but many are curious about what happened. Some have even listened to her recent podcast, “Better Together with Anne Heche and Heather Duffy,” to deduce something about her private life. A podcast episode featuring Heche was released shortly before the crash, and it was reported by ET that in it, Heche admitted to drinking vodka and saying she was having an “awful day.
Ryan Tillotson, the podcast’s producer, told ET that while the episode was published on the day of the crash, it was likely recorded later. In a public statement, he said, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but the episode in question was recorded on the Tuesday before its scheduled release. There is no truth to the rumor that she taped that episode on the day of the crash.”