Sadly, actress Anne Heche — forever known to LGBTQ people as Ellen DeGeneres's first post-out girlfriend — has died at 53 following a fiery car crash a week ago.
This is a sad day. I'm sending Anne's children, family and friends all of my love.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 12, 2022
I'm haunted by the image of Heche springing up from under a sheet while being extricated from the scene. I wish I hadn't seen it, knowing now she was so bad off that she would soon slip into a coma, and now into brain death.
As of this writing, her heart is pumping while suitable organ donors are sought.
Bizarrely, Lynne Mishele, the woman whose home was destroyed when Anne drove into it ... could have been played by Anne Heche in a movie. Plus, her turtle has the same name as one of Anne's Another World characters.