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Last week, actress Anne Heche died at the age of 53 following a devastating car accident in her Los Angeles neighborhood. Heche was a celebrated actor with film credits such as six days, seven nights Y donnie brasco to his credit, and had also turned into acclaimed performances on shows like men in the trees Y Strung up. However, his achievements had been consistently overshadowed by two things: his three-year relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s; his struggles with substance abuse and mental illness; and his erratic behavior, such as an interview she gave to Barbra Walters about an alien incarnation named Celestia, which often grabs the headlines.
From what we know so far about Heche’s death, it appears that she continued to fight until the last moments of her life. Footage from the accident shows that she had been driving at high speeds at the time of the accident, and a blood test taken shortly afterward found the presence of drugs in her system. The story of her life and her death seems like a tragic but clear case of an explosive talent battling addiction and mental illness, ultimately succumbing to her demons.
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However, conspiracy theorists on the internet didn’t see it that way. Instead, they saw Anne Heche’s death as proof of something else: that she had been murdered to cover up the crimes of Hollywood power brokers and “elites” like Jeffrey Epstein and Amber Heard.
Shortly after Heche’s death, a post began circulating on Twitter that garnered around 4,000 shares before being deleted. The post read: “So actress Anne Heche, who died in a burning car accident, was working on a movie titled The girl in room 13 about Jeffrey Epstein’s ring. The claim also circulated on Facebook, where many speculated that Heche had been killed to cover up the truth about the disgraced billionaire financier, whose 2020 death by hanging in a New York prison has been ruled a suicide.
There was a problem with the claim: The girl in room 13 which will air on Lifetime in October, is not about Epstein, as a spokesperson for the network later confirmed. According to an IMDB synopsis, the film is about sex trafficking in general, as it tells the story of a woman (Heche’s daughter in the film) who is held captive in a hotel room for the purpose of being sold for sex. But it’s not entirely clear that the story is based on him (there’s no evidence, for example, that Epstein held a woman in a motel room against his will).
The Epstein rumor is not the only one surrounding Heche’s passing. QAnon influencer Liz Crokin, who has promoted the claim that Chrissy Teigen is connected to Pizzagate, as well as the ludicrous idea that John F. Kennedy, Jr. faked his own death, recently posted that, at the time of her death, Heche was working on the HBO show The idol, which is produced by the Weeknd and is rumored to be inspired by Britney Spears (a leading figure in the QAnon ecosystem). Crokin then baseless speculated that Heche, who had spoken publicly in support of Heard’s ex and her former co-star Johnny Depp earlier this year, was murdered days after rumors began to circulate online that Heard used to host satanic sex parties in the apartment she shared with Depp. What did Anne know? Crokin’s post concluded ominously.
Confusing Crokin’s specific conspiracy theory about Heche’s death aside, is he implying that Heche had inside knowledge about either Britney Spears or Amber Heard, two Hollywood celebrities with no apparent connection to each other? — It’s not uncommon for providers of online misinformation to project their own ideas about celebrity deaths. In recent years, many of these conspiracy theories have centered around the covid-19 vaccine, with some on the far right suggesting that DMX and Bob Saget had died of complications from the vaccine (which was not true in the cases). of both men). But such theories are not specific to the right, nor are they even specific to young and apparently healthy people who die in unclear circumstances. Last month, for example, similar speculation surfaced on the left after Ivana Trump, Trump’s ex-wife, died after a fall down the stairs at their Manhattan brownstone, with accidental falls being the leading cause of death. injury-related death for people age 65 and older. older (Ivana was 73 years old at the time of her death).
In this specific case, Anne Heche I was young, but emerging evidence suggests that she was sadly not very healthy. She openly struggled with addiction and mental illness throughout her life, and while we are still learning about the circumstances of her death, all available evidence points to the fact that she still struggled with those issues at the time of her death. her death. Sadly, there seems to be little mystery surrounding Heche’s death. It doesn’t make much sense to focus the conversation on who “killed” her, or why, when there is another worthwhile discussion: what could we have done better as a culture to support her while she lived.
this week in Don’t let this fail, Rolling StoneInternet News & Culture Podcast co-hosts Brittany Spanos and Ej Dickson discuss Heche’s underrated career and scandalous conspiracy theories surrounding her death, as well as William Shakespeare’s cancellation, Demi’s “29” trend Lovato and an X-rated rumor about barry Bill Hader star.
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