Anne Heche will be taken off life support after organ donor recipient was found

Stewart Perrie

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Anne Heche will be taken off life support after organ donor recipient was found

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Anne Heche will be taken off life support after an organ donor recipient was found.

While the actor was confirmed to be legally dead last week, her body was being kept alive until the OneLegacy Foundation was able to find people who needed organs.

It had 'long been her choice to donate her organs' and her representatives wanted to honour that wish.

Now that the recipient has been found, doctors will take her off life support, according to her representative.

The details of who will be receiving the organs as well as which ones hasn't been made clear.

Late last week, Heche's family released a statement confirming the 53-year-old was legally dead.

They had previously confirmed that they did not expect her to survive her injuries when she fell into a coma after crashing her car into a Los Angeles house on 5 August.

Police are awaiting the results of blood tests taken after Heche's crash. Credit: Paul Smith/Alamy Stock Photo
Police are awaiting the results of blood tests taken after Heche's crash. Credit: Paul Smith/Alamy Stock Photo

"Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend," a representative for the star told NBC News.

They said: "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."

The company behind her podcast, Better Together with Anne & Heather, has also issued a statement after she was declared dead.

Heche launched the podcast alongside Heather Duffy via Straw Hut Media, back in 2020 - a podcast where the pair would ‘celebrate friendship’ and ‘create more joy in the world by sharing our stories, stumbles, and triumphs’. 

Anne Heche. Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo
Anne Heche. Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

Straw Hut Media co-founder and CEO Ryan Tillotson said: “This week, the Straw Hut Media family lost someone irreplaceable. More than a beloved host, Anne was my friend, collaborator, and a damn good actress.

"Anne added life to every room she entered with her tremendous energy and welcoming presence.

“I will remember her most for her big heart, her commitment to the people she loved, and the fearless way she fought for what she believed in. Better Together wasn’t just a podcast, it was a belief system.

'She believed the best way to grow and improve yourself was to talk openly and share stories. We’re committed to continuing her legacy in that way.

“It’s surreal to think I’ll no longer be seeing her every week. Los Angeles is a quieter and sadder place without her; I can feel it. My heart hurts. I love you, Anne.

"Please send all your love and support to her two boys, Atlas and Homer, and the rest of her chosen family.”

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

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Stewart Perrie
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