Anne Heche has been declared legally dead at the age of 53; the actress succumbs to injuries one week after an accident

Anne Heche has been declared legally dead at the age of 53; the actress succumbs to injuries one wee ...

Update: A representative from the Heches family has issued the following statement: We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. Anne will be greatly missed, but she continues to live on through her beautiful sons, her important body of work, and her tireless advocacy. Her courage for always standing in her truth, spouting her message of love and acceptance, will always have a lasting impact.

Anne Heche was declared legally dead at the age of 53, according to TMZ, a week after a vehicle accident that occurred in Los Angeles on Friday, August 5. The actress spent the week in the hospital, where she was treated for a pulmonary injury and severe burns before dying on August 12. She had been in a coma the entire time. The smoke inhalation resulted in oxygen not reaching her brain, causing irreparable brain damage.

Heche is currently unable to use her brain, according to California's legal definition of death, but is still on life support to keep her organs for donation. It has long been her intention to donate her organs.

IndieWire has reached out to Heches reps for further information, but a statement from her family and friends was released late on Thursday when it was announced she would not survive:

We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne's recovery, as well as the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.

Anne Heche was severely anoxic brain injured due to her accident and is currently in a coma, in serious condition. She is unlikely to survive.

Anne had a great sense of humor and was warmly accepted by everyone she spoke to. More than her exceptional talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her main goal in life, especially instilling acceptance for who you love. She will be greatly missed for her light.

Heche made her debut on Another World in 1984, when she played Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in a drama series. In 1991, she received a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

Heche starred in primetime television and major films before making her primetime appearance on an episode of Murphy Brown. In film roles throughout the 1990s, Heche joined the casts of Donnie Brasco, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Wag the Dog, and other artists. She had top billing alongside Harrison Ford in Six Days Seven Nights in 1998 and played Marion Crane, made famous by Janet Leigh in a 1998 remake of Psycho.

Heche received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her performance in Gracies Choice, opposite Kristen Bell, in the 2001 made-for-TV film Reaching Normal, and served as co-creator and executive producer of the NBC sitcom Bad Judge.

Heche was a regular on a number of network dramas including The Brave, All Rise, Quantico, and the Chicago P.D. Before her sudden death, she had completed filming for a number of films, most notably the disaster thriller Supercell, in which she plays Alec Baldwin, and the horror thriller Full Ride with Dermot Mulroney.

Heche is survived by her sister Abigail and her two sons, Homer and Atlas Heche Tupper.