Lynne Mishele, was at her Mar Vista, Los Angeles home with her pets in August, when Heche plowed her Mini Cooper through her home, according to a $2 million lawsuit filed by Mishele.
Mishele recently spoke out about the crash that led to Heche’s death and said she was delayed after being diagnosed with cancer in September.
‘I’m still trying to navigate everything since the fires – still trying to wrap my head around all of that and the aftermath,’ Mishele said in a video.
‘But then I hit a little bump in the road – in September I was diagnosed with cancer – I had surgery in October – the surgery went very, very well. Doctors think I’m not even going to need chemo which is really great news.’
In the lawsuit Mishele, claimed she was feet away from being hit by Heche’s car along with her dogs and pet tortoise.
Lynne Mishele is the owner of the house Heche slammed into and subsequently destroyed in the fire that resulted from the crash. She recently filed a lawsuit against Heche’s estate and said she had cancer
A photo before the August 5 crash shows Heche at the wheel with a bottle in the cup holder – she had fentanyl and cocaine in her system at the time of the crash
The crash site of Mishele’s Mar Vista home following the accident that cost actress Anne Heche her life. Mishele’s home was on fire for 65 minutes before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze
The aftermath of Heche’s fatal crash has been highly publicized as confusion over her estate ensued shortly after her passing. She died without a formal will in place and with two sons by different fathers left to duke out claims to their inheritance.
The worth of Heche’s estate has also been a subject of debate since her untimely passing.
Her ex James Tupper – with whom she had son Atlas, 13 – claims it is worth $2 million, while her elder son, Homer Heche Laffoon, 20, claims it is worth $400,000.
In October, Laffoon claimed his late mother’s estate was approximately $400,000 – the same as her annual salary from royalties and residuals. Homer also revealed that he lived in an apartment with his mother and she did not own a house – as was previously believed.
Mishele’s suit is asking for at least $2 million, but could ask for more depending on what the worth of the damage amounts to.
Lynne Mishele, whose house in Mar Vista, California was destroyed after actress Anne Heche plowed her car through the side of the structure and set it on fire
Interior of Mishele’s house. All of her worldly possessions, including those she used to run her small business, were destroyed in the blaze
Heche, who battled substance abuse and mental health in the public eye for years of her Hollywood career, had been driving erratically on the morning of August 5
Mishele is arguing that she remains traumatized to this day and is startled by loud noises, not to mention plagued by nightmares of the crash, which has also made her scared to walk outside.
Furthermore, she says she has no place to live.
The suit claims that the house and all of Mishele’s worldly possessions were scorched in the fire that was the result of the crash.
Mishele’s attorneys wrote the ‘Plaintiff has been unable to sleep and is battling acute anxiety and depression. She has also been unable to operate her home business because of her physical displacement and fragile mental health caused by Defendants’ irresponsible behavior.
‘She has received counseling, but remains traumatized by Defendants’ actions.’
Heche, who battled substance abuse and mental health in the public eye for years of her Hollywood career, had been driving erratically on the morning of August 5, 2022 and had already crashed into a nearby home when she pierced the wall of Mishele’s longtime residence.
A blood analysis showed that Heche, who was reportedly traveling at more than 100 mph at the time, had cocaine and fentanyl in her system when she crashed.
The suit alleges that after Heche’s blue Mini Cooper stopped just shy of hurting Mishele, her dogs – Bree and Rueban – and her tortoise Marley, the blaze burned for more than an hour.
Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze caused by Anne Heche’s car crash into a residential structure in Mar Vista, California
The wreckage of Heche’s blue Mini Cooper that slammed into Mishele’s home. Mishele is suing Heche’s estate for upwards of $2 million, though it is unclear that the late actress was worth that much at the time of her passing
Attorneys for Mishele filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court. They are seeking at least $2 million for damages resulting from Heche’s negligent infliction of physical and emotional distress and trespassing
The legal documents claim it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to ‘confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily-damaged residence.’
Heche herself was stuck in the burning car for the better part of an hour before being transferred to a hospital where she later died from smoke inhalation and burns.
The mother-of-two also had a fractured sternum caused by ‘blunt trauma,’ according to information on the website of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The Emmy-winning film and television actor was removed from life support on August 14 and cremated on August 18.
Mishele’s attorneys are alleging Heche acted with negligence, in addition to inflicting emotional distress due to negligence and trespassing.
Mishele’s friends set up a GoFundMe for her in the wake of the crash that has to date raised more than $183,000 to help alleviate some financial hardship following the tragic incident.
In a post to the page from early November, Mishele thanked those who have contributed and said she was diagnosed with treatable cancer in September.
‘The GoFundMe that my selfless landlords/friends set up for me has been more meaningful than anyone can imagine. Unfortunately, I hit another bump in the road in September when I was diagnosed with cancer.
‘I had surgery a few weeks ago and am doing well. The doctors are very optimistic, they said I won’t even need chemo! The donations you all generously made have not only helped me start to build my life back after the fire, but they helped me get through my cancer diagnosis and treatment,’ she wrote.