Anne Heche, Actress in Films Including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Declared Legally Dead

Actress Anne Heche, who appeared in a range of roles including I Know What You Did Last Summer and Legend of Korra, has been declared legally dead following a major car accident.

Heche’s representative confirmed that while Heche is still on life support, she currently has no brain function, meaning that she falls under the definition of death under California law. The Guardian and TMZ are among the outlets reporting the news.

The actress had been on life support since August 5 in the wake of the high-speed accident that destroyed a home and left her severely burned and in a coma. Preliminary tests confirmed the presence of narcotics in her system. On August 11, her rep said she was not expected to survive.

Anne Heche found fame in the late ’90s movies including I Know What You Did Last Summer. | Image credit: IMDB

Heche’s career in film and television extends back to 1987, where she first appeared in the soap opera Another World. Since then she has appeared in numerous shows and movies, including a recurring role in The Legend of Korra as well as films such as Wag the Dog and I Know What You Did Last Summer. She also struggled with substance absuse issues, and was reportedly “deemed to be under the influence and acting erratically” when the crashes happened.

James Gunn was among those to pay tribute to Heche, calling her appearance in Proof “maybe the best acting performance I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Heche was also notably in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in a period of time when LGBT representation was rare. DeGeneres’ coming out was a major milestone at the time.

DeGeneres called Heche’s passing “a sad day.”

Heche’s next movie was to be the disaster film Supercell alongside Alec Baldwin, which currently does not have a release date.

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Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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