Former ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Contestant Dies at 53

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Actress and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Anne Heche died on Friday, August 12, 2022, a week after being involved in a fiery car accident on Friday, August 5, 2022.

The news was confirmed by Heche’s friend, Nancy Davis, in an Instagram post.

“Heaven has a new angel,” she wrote. “My loving, kind, fun, endearing and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared.”

She added, “Anne was always the kindest, most thoughtful person who always brought out the best in me. She was so supportive with anything she could do to help @racetoerasems and would always say yes when she knew she could contribute something with her time, talent and creative genius to help find a cure for MS. My heart is broken.”

The star leaves behind two children, both sons who were born to her exes. Her oldest son is Homer Laffoon, 20, and her youngest is Atlas Heche Tupper, 13. Heche was first married to Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, a real estate broker with whom she shares Homer.

Atlas was born to Heche and her ex-boyfriend, James Tupper in 2009. Tupper is a Canadian actor, and he met Heche on the set of “Men in Trees,” according to Hollywood Life. The couple separated in 2018.

Heche was the daughter of Don Heche and Nancy Heche. She told ABC News in 2001 that she was sexually abused by her father, who had been dead for nearly 20 years at the time of the interview. Months after her father died, Heche’s brother, Nate, died in a car accident, according to the New York Post.

Heche first gained recognition wh