Anne Heche’s podcast boss remembers the actress after she died on Friday at the age of 53.
Although the star’s rep has confirmed she is “brain dead”, rendering her legally dead under California law, her heart is still beating and she remains alive to donate her organs.
Ryan Tillotson, the producer of Heche’s podcast “Better Together,” spoke out after the sad news of Heche’s death, saying she was nothing short of “irreplaceable.”
Tillotson said the star will be remembered for “her big heart, her devotion to the people she loved and the fearless way she fought for what she believed in.”
“More than a beloved host, Anne was my friend, collaborator and a damn fine actress. Anne brought life to every room she entered with her tremendous energy and welcoming presence,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her.
Tillotson recalled that the Emmy winner said her podcast, which he calls a “belief system,” allowed her to “talk openly and share stories.”
“We are determined to continue her legacy in that way,” he said, adding that Los Angeles “is a quieter and sadder place without her.”
“It’s unreal to think I won’t be seeing her every week. My heart hurts. I love you, Anne,’ he said. “Please send all your love and support to her two boys, Atlas and Homer, and the rest of her chosen family.”
The actress, best known for her role as Patricia Campbell in NBC’s drama ‘The Brave’, was unable to regain consciousness after suffering horrific burns in the August 5 crash.
Officers believed Heche may have been intoxicated when she plowed her blue Mini Cooper into a suburban LA home and ignited a serious fire.
As a result of the wreck, Heche suffered “severe anoxic brain injury”.