() — Anne Heche’s son paid tribute to his mother on Friday, saying the family had lost “a kind and joyful soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend”.
In a statement, Heche’s son, Homer Laffoon, 20, wrote: “My brother Atlas and I lost our mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I was left with deep sadness and no words. I hope may my mom be pain free and start exploring what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”
Last Friday, Heche was in a speeding car when it went off the road and collided with a residence that was engulfed in flames, Los Angeles police public information officer Jeff Lee told .
A week after the accident, Heche is “brain dead” but remains on life support, according to a statement from her family and friends and shared with by her representative.
Under California law, due to her condition, Heche is considered legally dead.
Heche has not been taken off life support, according to the rep, so they have time to determine if she is a match for organ donation.
“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 family said in a statement earlier Thursday night.
“We have lost a bright light, a kind and cheerful soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend,” the family’s earlier statement read. “Anne will be sorely missed, but she lives on through her beautiful children, her iconic work, and her passionate advocacy. Her courage to always stand up for her truth, spread the message of love.” and acceptance of it, will continue to have a lasting impact.
Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury, which deprives the brain of oxygen, as a result of the accident, according to the family representative.
A woman inside the home at the time of the crash suffered minor injuries but received medical attention, according to Lee.
In their message Thursday, Heche’s family and friends thanked her care 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 for acceptance of the one one loves,” the statement read. “She will be remembered for her brave honesty and she will be missed for her light.”
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 up that success with numerous films, including “Donnie Brasco,” “Wag the Dog” and “Six Days Seven Nights” opposite Harrison Ford.
In more recent years, Anne Heche has appeared on such television shows as “The Brave,” “Quantico,” and “Chicago PD.”
After the accident, there was an outpouring of support for the actress in the Hollywood community. Her ex-partner and former “Men in Trees” co-star, James Tupper, with whom she had one of her two children, wrote on Instagram: “Thoughts and prayers to this lovely woman, actress and mother tonight, Anne Heche. We love you.”