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Actress Anne Heche has officially been declared brain dead after her horrible car accident in Los Angeles last week. The news was confirmed by a family representative for her family to the US online media outlet TMZ, who said in a statement: “We have lost 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. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

On Friday afternoon representative said she was “brain dead”, which under California law is the definition of death, and would be taken off of life support. It is understood her heartbeat was being maintained in case appropriate organ donation could take place.

Heche’s eldest son, Homer (20) released a statement on behalf of himself and his 13 year old half-brother, Atlas.

“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” he told People magazine.
“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 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,” he said.

“Rest In Peace Mom, I love you,” Homer added.

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