Tributes have begun pouring in for actress Anne Heche.
The actress, who suffered serious injuries after a fiery car crash in Los Angeles last week, was declared brain dead Thursday night but was kept on life support for organ donation, her representative said Friday.
Heche’s family released a statement Friday confirming that she had died and that she had chosen to donate her organs.
Heche was involved in a one-car crash on Aug. 5, her representative confirmed to ABC News on Monday.
The actress was driving in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles when she smashed into a home, engulfing both her car and the house in flames, according to Los Angeles police and fire officials. The home’s resident and her pets were able to escape the fire unharmed, and Heche was taken away in an ambulance.
The Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday that they received results of blood that was drawn shortly after the crash, which showed she had narcotics in her system.
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Heche is survived by her two sons, Atlas Heche Tupper and Homer Laffoon, the latter of whom paid tribute to his mother in a statement obtained by KABC on Friday.
“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” Laffoon wrote. “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 explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, 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.”
Heche’s family, in their statement on Friday, praised her for her “kindness” and courage.
“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” they 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. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”
Following the news of her death, Heche’s friends and fellow actors took to social media to remember her as well.
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James Tupper: “Love you forever,” Heche’s ex-partner James Tupper, who is Atlas Heche Tupper’s father, wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the actress.
This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 12, 2022
Keo Motsepe: “I love you Anne Heche,” Motsepe wrote in his Instagram stories. Motsepe was Heche’s dance partner on season 29 of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Anne Heche news today is so heartbreaking. A truly epic, vibrant spirit and a profound talent.
Sending tremendous love and support to her family.
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) August 12, 2022
Some years ago I was Anne Heche’s quirky suitor in PROOF on Broadway. She was as kooky and utterly fabulous as I could have ever dreamed. An immense talent I loved playing opposite & more importantly a truly decent human and friend. The news is just unendingly sad. pic.twitter.com/oWwn7lj95t
— Stephen Kunken (@stephenkunken) August 12, 2022
Honest to God, I think maybe the best acting performance I’ve ever seen in my life was Anne Heche in PROOF on Broadway. #RIP
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 12, 2022
At least one person was killed and more than 20 others were injured when strong gusts of wind caused parts of a stage to fall at a music festival in Spain, officials said.
Three of the injured were in serious condition on Saturday, an official with the Valencia government said.
An “unexpected and violent gale” moved through the grounds of the Medusa Festival in Cullera, Spain, at about 4 a.m. local time on Saturday, the organizers said in a statement.
As the weather worsened, the organizers ordered the area around the stage to be evacuated, they said, adding, “Unfortunately, the devastating meteorological phenomenon caused some structures to cause unexpected events.”
Strong winds caused chaos and damage to multiple structures at the Medusa Music Festival in Spain. “Violent” wind gusts devastated parts of the area, forcing the event’s management team to vacate the area. https://t.co/pyGGpQuWm0 pic.twitter.com/KzItPkSjHf
— ABC News (@ABC) August 13, 2022
Videos taken at the scene showed pieces of a stage breaking off in strong gusts of wind.
Local media reported that a 28-year-old man had been killed.
“The Medusa Festival management would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family and friends affected by the fatal consequences that occurred last night,” the organizers said in a statement.
The electronic music festival began on Friday.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.