Anne Heche's Estate Is Being Sued By Woman Whose Home The Actress Destroyed In Fatal Car Crash



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Anne Heche's estate is to be sued over the car crash that claimed her life.

The actress, 53, was initially injured when her Mini Cooper jumped the curb and crashed into a Los Angeles home on August 5. The car and house subsequently burst into flames leaving the star trapped for roughly 45 minutes, per PEOPLE.


The coroner's report declared Heche's cause of death as smoke inhalation and burns, with the star also breaking her sternum in the crash.

Although the incident was ruled as an accident, Lynne Mishele - the resident of the destroyed house - is seeking $2 million in damages.
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According to the lawsuit, Lynne states she was in her home when the car came through the wall stopping just feet from herself, her dogs, and tortoise, per TMZ.

Mishele claims she is still suffering as a result of the crash.

"[I am] completely traumatized, unusually startled by hearing loud noises, plagued by nightmares and flashbacks of the incident, terrified of walking outside, and, atop that, without a place to live," she states in the suit.

She also claims: "[I had] an entire life’s worth of her personal possessions destroyed in the fire".
The house after the incident. Credit: Barry King / Alamy
In the lawsuit, Lynne claims that Anne was driving erratically before the incident, and that the blood analysis revealed the actress had cocaine and fentanyl in her system at the time. This was reported by TMZ at the time.

Lynne's attorneys are alleging that the actress acted with negligence, and her actions resulted in emotional distress.


The documents also reveal it took 59 firefighters around 65 minutes to fully confine the flames within the "heavily damaged" residence.

The Emmy-winning actress battled substance abuse and mental health in the public eye for years and had already crashed into another home during the morning of the fatal event.
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Since her passing, there has been a debate as to the value of Anne's estate. Her eldest son, Homer Heche Laffoon, claims it is valued at around $400,000. Her ex-partner James Tupper values it at $2 million.

After the incident, the owners of the destroyed property set up a GoFundMe to attempt to alleviate some of the hardship caused by the incident. At the time of writing, it has raised over $183,000.

The late Anne Heche was removed from life support and passed away on August 14 and was cremated on August 18.




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