US actress Anne Heche has been declared legally dead following injuries sustained in a car crash last week.
Heche is in a coma on life support and her heart continues to beat while doctors determine whether her organs can be donated.
A statement from family and friends said, ”Today we 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.”
“My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom,” Heche’s son Homer Laffoon said. “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. Rest in peace Mom, I love you, Homer.”
The 53-year-old actress, whose film credits include Donnie Brasco, Volcano, Six Days Seven Nights, Wag The Dog and I Know What You Did Last Summer, crashed into a two-storey house in Los Angeles on Friday, August 5.
The car and property were “engulfed in flames”, according to police, with firefighters tackling the blaze for more than an hour.
Heche is being cared for at Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in LA.