Anne Heche, an actress whose steady film and television career spanned three decades after her breakthrough role in the soap opera "Another World," has died. She was 53.

Heche's death comes nine days after she was pulled from a burning car and hospitalized in critical condition following a fiery crash in Los Angeles. 

Heche suffered a "severe anoxic brain injury" as a result of the accident and fell into a coma

Heche's family and friends remembered the actress as "a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend."

"Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy," the statement read.

"Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact."