Why Anne Heche was twice declared dead by the media

Anne Heche

Heche’s death date is merely stated as August 2022 on Wikipedia as of Tuesday afternoon.

A little more than a week after a catastrophic vehicle accident in Los Angeles, Emmy Award-winning actress Anne Heche was “peacefully taken off life support” on August 14, according to The Associated Press.

The murkiness surrounding Anne Heche’s passing

Heche was pronounced “brain dead” on August 12 but was kept on life support for the purpose of organ donation. The Washington Post reports that due to peculiar circumstances, Heche was twice declared dead by the media.

According to Paul Farhi of The Washington Post, “between those dates, the 53-year-old actress was in a condition of mortal uncertainty that forced the media to parse a legal, even philosophical question: When is someone genuinely dead?

It’s not the first time that a celebrity’s passing has caused misunderstanding in general people. But Heche’s case was particularly peculiar since the definitions of what it means to be dead at the time of death and the date of death were in conflict.

The actress was declared legally dead in California on August 12, according to the Los Angeles Times and TMZ, but The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter waited until Heche was taken off life support on Sunday before reporting her death, Farhi pointed out.

Heche’s death date in Wikipedia as of Tuesday afternoon is simply August 2022.

According to a source close to the Heche family, they weren’t “mad at anyone” as a result of the circumstance, The Washington Post reported.

When you’re keeping a body alive to harvest its organs, it may get problematic, the insider told The Washington Post. But Anne had requested that. It is an element of her legacy.

a fresh podcast featuring Anne Heche

According to USA Today, “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast producer David Yontef released a brand-new episode on Tuesday that included a chat he had with Heche earlier this year.

Miley Cyrus or Kristen Bell, who she thought both had “a personality and the ability to face the world in a way that I would want reflected,” were Heche’s top choices to play her in a biopic, she said in the podcast.

The film Starring Anne Heche

Heche gained prominence while appearing in the soap drama “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. She appeared in “Donnie Brasco” and “Six Days Seven Nights” with Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford in the late 1990s, according to her IMDb website.

Additional credit includes:

  • “Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long” (1995).
  • “Volcano” (1997).
  • “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1997).
  • “Return to Paradise” (1998).
  • “Gracie’s Choice” (2004).
  • “Men in Trees” (2006-2008).
  • “Cedar Rapids” (2011).
  • “The Legend of Korra” (2014).
  • “Aftermath” (2016).
  • “The Brave” (2017-2018).
  • “Chicago P.D.” (2018-2019).
  • “13 Minutes” (2021).
  • “All Rise” (2021-2022).

According to People magazine, Heche wrapped up production in June for Lifetime’s “Girl in Room 13,” which will air in the fall. She will also appear in the 2023 horror-thriller “Full Ride” with Dermot Mulroney as one of the leads.

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