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Anne Heche, Star Of ‘Another World’ And ‘Men In Trees’, Dies At 53

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Emmy Award-winning actress Anne Heche has died

“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” a rep for the star tells PEOPLE in a statement on behalf of Heche’s family and friends.

“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.”

The family’s rep confirms to PEOPLE that, while Heche is legally dead according to California law, her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off life support in order to allow OneLegacy Foundation enough time to find recipients who will be a match.

Heche’s older of two sons, Homer, 20, also expressed his sadness in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.

“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” he says. “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.”

He went on to acknowledge the outpouring of love he and his family has received from around the world.

“Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me,” he says. “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.”

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The news comes a week after she crashed her car into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, leaving the home destroyed and the actress in critical condition. She never regained consciousness.

On Thursday, her rep shared that the prognosis was dire. “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition,” the rep told PEOPLE in a statement on behalf of Heche’s family. “She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she’s being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”

The statement also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and for the care shown Heche in the aftermath of the devastating crash on Aug. 5.

“We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital,” the statement read.

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Heche’s career spanned decades and included memorable roles on TV, film and the stage. She rose to fame in the late ’80s and ’90s with her roles in the soap opera Another World (1987–1991) and films Volcano, Wag the Dog, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Six Days Seven Nightsand the 1998 remake of Psycho. She is also known for her role in the 2004 film Gracie’s Choice, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for best supporting actress, and the ABC romantic comedy series Men in Trees, which aired from 2006 to 2008.

Shortly after releasing her first memoir, Call Me Crazy, in 2001, Heche made her Broadway debut in 2002 in a production of Proof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, and starred alongside Alec Baldwin in Broadway’s Twentieth Century in 2004. She was nominated for Tony Award in best actress in a play.

The actress remained busy through the latter part of her career, with myriad projects, including her podcast Better Together with Anne & Heather, beside Heather Duffy, and a starring role in Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13. She also appeared in Netflix’s Peter Facinelli-directed psychological thriller The Vanished, the 2021 disaster film 13 Minutes and on OWN’s legal drama All Rise. She also appears in HBO Max’s upcoming series The Idol.

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In addition to her career, Heche found herself in the public eye for dating Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 until 2000.

In 2020, Heche opened up about the public perception of their relationship and how it affected her career during an episode of Dancing with the Stars.

“My movie premiere for Volcano, I had told them that I was taking Ellen as my date and I was told if I took Ellen I would lose my Fox contract,” she claimed on the dancing series, where she competed for the Mirrorball Trophy with professional dance partner Keo Motsepe. “At that moment, she took my hand and said, ‘Do what they say,’ and I said, ‘No thanks.’ I took Ellen to the premiere and I was ushered out before the movie even ended and was told I was not allowed to go to my own after party for fear that they would get pictures of me with a woman.”

“She was warning me, ‘This is going to happen,'” Heche continued. “I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three-and-a-half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multi-million dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years.”

Heche further discussed the details of her relationship with DeGeneres, telling Mr. Warburton magazine in August 2020 that she was “part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her.”

Heche added that she is “proud to have been part of a revolution that helped move equality forward.”

“But there is still work to do,” she said. “I’ve paved this way for myself, and my honesty had every single thing to do with it. I think every interaction we have should begin with whether or not we can look at and talk to other human beings with 100 percent respect. My answer will always be ‘yes.’ We have to agree that it’s a possibility and that we all deserve it.”

In 2001, Heche married Coleman “Coley” Laffoon and had her first child, a son, Homer, now 20. The couple divorced in 2009.

Heche went on to have a relationship with actor James Tupper and the two had a son, Atlas, now 13. The two dated for 10 years before separating in 2018.

A proud mom to her two boys, Heche last posted about them on Mother’s Day, writing below a photo of Homer and Atlas, her arms slung around them, “#luckiestmom.”

As for her legacy, “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” the rep for Heche tells PEOPLE on behalf of the family. “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.”

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Johnny Depp Wished to Write ‘Pirates 6’ With Disney to Give Jack Sparrow a Correct Goodbye

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Jack Sparrow is one of the most beloved characters, and many think that Pirates of the Caribbean 6 won’t be the same without Depp.

Johnny Depp reveals that he wanted to help write Pirates of the Caribbean 6 to give Jack Sparrow a proper ending before Disney fired the actor over the domestic abuse allegations.

Depp during the  defamation trial against Amber Heard  was asked if would return to the Pirates franchise after being hacked.

To this, the Fantastic Beasts actor replied that he won’t, even if he is offered $300 million. It was reported that the actor has earned that much by playing the role of the pirate in the first five films. His firing was criticised by fans and even more so now, as fans believe he is innocent.

I didn’t quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship, certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent…” Johnny Depp said. “I, in fact, had been approached to take part in writing Pirates 6…” he revealed. “My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye, as it were,” Depp added.

“A franchise can only last for so long, and there’s a way to end a franchise like that. And I thought that the characters deserved… to end their franchise on a very good note. I planned on continuing until it was time to stop,” he continued.

Not just Pirates of the Caribbean 6, Johnny Depp‘s role as Geralt Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise was also sacked and went to Mads Mikkelsen. His general career in Hollywood also took a dip, especially after 2018 op-ed written by Amber Heard.

Now, as per the insider, Disney wants Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6’.

Disney is reportedly in talks with Johnny Depp to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as Captain Jack Sparrow.

The entertainment media giant has even offered $300 million to the Edward Scissorhands star as they are looking forward to the actor’s forgiveness, claimed insider.

Jack Sparrow is one of the most beloved characters, and many think that Pirates of the Caribbean 6 won’t be the same without him.

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Johnny Depp Once Did a Movie He Felt Wouldn’t Be Successful Just to Work With Christopher Walken

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Nick of Time was a 1995 characteristic starring Johnny Depp as an unwitting pawn in a plan to assassinate a distinguished political determine. His Nick of Time function was a little unconventional for Depp given the films he often picked on the time. Depp was principally recognized for taking part in characters that stood out from most individuals in society ultimately. However Nick of Time had Depp taking part in the straight man.

In a 1995 interview with The Washington Submit, Depp asserted that he took the function with this status in thoughts.

“I favored the script,” Depp mentioned. “I believed it was a good time to make a change. I figured I’d do one thing else after being accused by everyone of taking part in weirdos. It was a possibility to play the straight man. It’s actually a problem to do this — you’ve acquired to hold the man attention-grabbing. It’s harder.”

Johnny Depp as soon as shared he solely did ‘Nick of Time’ so he’d get to work with Christopher Walken

Years later, Depp elaborated a bit additional about why he determined to tackle the function. Regardless of his status for taking part in bizarre characters, the actor didn’t need to add films to his prolific filmography the place he felt like he’d bought out. Which was why he was hesitant on taking extra commercially interesting tasks. Nick of Time was the exception.

“I’ve tried issues up to now the place folks thought I attempted to promote out. For instance I did this movie Nick of Time with [director]John Badham. I don’t know if the movie was notably good,” he as soon as mentioned in an interview with Gainesville.

However Depp was keen to brush apart his reservations for the movie if it meant performing alongside one in every of Hollywood’s biggest actors.

“I did that movie not for cash, or not to promote out. I didn’t suppose it was going to achieve success in any respect. I didn’t care. I did it as a result of I needed to work with Christopher Walken and I needed to work with John Badham. The script was very very like an old style Hitchcock movie. All of these parts had been intriguing to me so I took it,” Depp mentioned.

How Johnny Depp responded to followers accusing him of promoting out with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Within the early 2000s, Depp hooked up himself to the Pirates of the Caribbeanfranchise. He would quickly lead the Disney journey movie into changing into a multi-billion greenback collection. However equally to Nick of Time, some Depp followers would additionally accuse Depp of promoting out due to its huge success. It was an accusation that Depp didn’t respect.

“I wouldn’t change something, no. As a result of I feel I went into it innocently, and it grew to become what it grew to become,” Depp as soon as instructed The Guardian of his determination to do Pirates. “And now they need to tear me down. Immediately, as quickly as I did Pirates II, they are saying: ‘Oh, he’s promoting out.’ What the f*** does that imply, promoting out? What if I did Ed Wooden II, is that promoting out? I imply, it’s not like I used to be ever wanting to develop into franchise boy, I used to be by no means wanting to develop into something like that. I simply latched on to a character I cherished.”

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Johnny Depp Increases Trouble For Amber Heard As He Now Aims At Turning Around The $2 Million Damages Ordered Against Him?

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Johnny Depp and his lawyers fire back at Amber Heard’s latest appeal at the court against the verdict in Virginia court. Read the details now!

Johnny Depp has been embroiled in a legal battle ever since ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence. While there remain numerous pieces of evidence that may prove his abuse, many of them have been questioned and even termed fabricated. During the latest trial, he was ordered to pay $2 million in damages after his attorney called the allegations a ‘hoax.’ Scroll below for the latest update on the matter.

As most know, Amber lost the Virginia trial and was ordered to pay damages worth $10.35 million to her ex-husband. She has since then sold her California property and is currently living peacefully in Spain with her baby and girlfriend Bianca Butti. It is said that she doesn’t have that kind of money and may go bankrupt!

Amber Heard has appealed the verdict of the Virginia trial saying the trial shouldn’t have taken place in the first place as the Aquaman actress’ opinions in The Washington Post op-ed were subjective. Her attorneys also claimed that the trial taking place at Fairfax County was unfair to her as it limited her ability to get witnesses to testify for her.

Now, the attorneys of Johnny Depp are firing back at the appeal made by Amber Heard. They claimed that the one account on which the actress was declared victorious was not really related to Depp. It was his attorney who made the remark against the actress and the superstar should be held liable for it.

A report by The Hollywood Reporter claims that the documents stated, “If clients cannot control the details of their attorneys’ work, it makes little sense that clients should nonetheless be held accountable for their attorneys’ tortious actions.”

With Johnny Depp and his lawyer claiming that the superstar should not be at fault, it is now to be seen if the verdict will see a turnover and create further issues forAmber Heard.

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