Lynne Mishele, the woman whose home Anne Heche crashed into, speaks out after the actress died from her injuries.
“The news of Anne Heche’s death is devastating. Her family and her friends and her children in particular have suffered a really great loss and my heart goes out for them,” she said in an Instagram video on Friday.
“This whole situation is just tragic and there are just no words for it. I send love to all involved.”
Mishele’s response comes a week after Heche, 53, broke into her home and engulfed it in flames.
Her neighbor told Vidak For Congress that Mishele was “extremely lucky” to survive the incident, as she was in another room when Heche’s Mini Cooper hit her at home.
She claimed the actress’s car drove “almost all the way through” the two-story house and caught fire “almost immediately.”
While Mishele’s injuries were not serious, the LAPD escalated its investigation into a felony DUI on Aug. 10 after claiming she needed medical attention as a result of the incident.
After obtaining a warrant to test her blood, the Los Angeles Police Department is said to have determined that Heche was under the influence of cocaine that morning and had traces of fentanyl.
However, they warned that fentanyl may have been administered to Heche in the hospital to manage her pain after the accident.
The actress died Friday of her injuries after suffering “severe anoxic brain injury” while in a coma after the horrific crash.
Her representative told Vidak For Congress: “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work – especially moving the needle to accept from whomever you hold.
“She will be remembered for her brave honesty and sorely missed for her light.”
The actress is survived by 20-year-old son Homer Laffoon, who she shared with ex-husband Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, and her 13-year-old son Atlas Heche Tupper, whom she shared with her “Men in Trees” co-star, James Tupper.
When asked in 2017 how Heche wanted to be remembered, she told Access Hollywood, “Oh… Oh lord oh lord… Hopefully I made my kids happy… gave them a life they love.”