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Anne Heche, an actress whose steady film and television career spanned three decades after her breakthrough role in the soap opera “Another World,” has died. She was 53.

Heche’s death comes nine days after she was pulled from a burning car and hospitalized in critical condition following a crash in Los Angeles. Heche suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” as a result of the accident and fell into a coma, according to a statement provided to USA TODAY. 

On Friday, it was shared that Heche had been declared brain dead, but remained on life support while she was evaluated as an organ donor. On Sunday evening, her representative Holly Baird told USA TODAY that Heche had been “peacefully taken off life support.”

‘This is a sad day’:Ellen DeGeneres, more mourning Anne Heche following her deathHomer Laffoon, Heche’s 20-year-old son with real-estate broker Coleman Laffoon, mourned his mother in a statement provided to the USA TODAY on Friday.

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“After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness,” he said. “Hopefully, my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”

He added: “Thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer.”A statement provided to USA TODAY on behalf of Heche’s family and friends remembered the actress as “a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.”

“Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy,” the statement read. “Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”The actress drove her car into a home in Mar Vista, which erupted in flames. Without identifying the driver at the time, Tony I’m, a public information officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed to USA TODAY that a crash occurred at 10:55 a.m. on Aug. 5 and that the vehicle “became engulfed in flames.” A representative for Heche later confirmed the accident to The Associated Press.

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The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a news release that the vehicle struck a two-story home, causing “structural compromise and erupting in heavy fire.” The driver was taken to a hospital “in critical condition,” according to the release.

TV news video showed a blue Mini Cooper Clubman, badly damaged and burned, being towed out of the home, with a woman sitting up on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance. Fifty-nine firefighters responded to the incident and took 65 minutes to extinguish the flames and rescue Heche. No other injuries were reported.

“Heaven has a new Angel,” close friend Nancy Davis, founder of Race to Erase MS, posted about Heche’s death on Instagram. “My loving, kind, fun, endearing and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared.” Anne Heche was ‘not expected to survive after crash

Heche had suffered burns that required the use of a ventilator to breathe.

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Nearly a week after the accident, Heche’s publicist told USA TODAY in a statement that the actor was “not expected to survive.” 

“It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable,” the statement read, adding that Heche was being cared for at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital in Los Angeles. 

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” the statement said. “More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work – especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love.”

Police investigated Anne Heche’s blood for possible drug/alcohol use 

Police investigated Heche for driving under the influence of drugs when she crashed. Detectives with a search warrant took a sample of Heche’s blood and found narcotics in her system, LAPD spokesman Officer Jeff Lee told The Associated Press.

“As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case,” the department announced Friday. “Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and included in the overall case. When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present for filing consideration.”

Heche was alone in the car and no one in the house was injured. The person living in the home was identified to USA TODAY as Lynne Mischele by her attorney, Shawn Holley. Mischele was a longtime renter of the house, the lawyer said.

Holley provided a statement on behalf of Mischele, saying she was “devastated” as she and her pets “almost lost their lives.” She said she lost all of her property, including items of “profound sentimental value,” in the fire.

Anne Heche’s acting career, including ‘Another World’ and ‘Donnie Brasco’ 

An Ohio native, Heche rose to fame playing twins Vicky and Marley Hudson on “Another World” from 1984 to 1992, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for younger actress in a drama series.

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