The “Dancing With the Stars” household has misplaced a number of members over time, the latest of which is actress Anne Heche, who died on August 14 after a automobile crash every week earlier that left her in a coma. During the season 31 premiere, the dancing competitors collection honored Heche, who competed on season 29 simply two years in the past with professional dancer Keo Motsepe.
Here’s how the show honored the late star:
Heche Has Been Added to the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Memorial Star
In the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom, there’s a everlasting star that lists the names of the “Dancing With the Stars” cast members who’ve died. Heche’s title has now been added to that, producer Adam Raia revealed in his Instagram tales (by way of E! Online) after the show.
“Some of the greats which have handed away,” wrote Raia on the picture.
The different names listed are Florence Henderson from season 11, who died in 2016; season 17 contestant Valerie Harper, who died in 2019; Cloris Leachman from season seven, who died in 2021; and season 28 contestant Mary Wilson, who additionally died in 2021.
In case you might be curious the place the memorial star is situated, it’s within the entrance left-hand nook if you’re wanting on the stage, simply down from the judges’ desk. Here it’s through the season 31 premiere:
‘Dancing With the Stars’ & Its Cast Honored Heche When She Died
When Heche died in mid-August, the official Twitter account for the show posted a photograph of her and wrote, “We are extremely unhappy to lose considered one of our beloved DWTS members of the family, Anne Heche, whose smile and vibrant persona lit up the ballroom. We ship our condolences to her family members.”
Heche’s associate Motsepe informed “Entertainment Tonight” on the time that his coronary heart was damaged over her accident (the interview occurred earlier than she died).
“Anne was my associate on DWTS for Season 29. We grew to become shut buddies and my coronary heart breaks for her and her household over this horrible accident,” mentioned the dancer. “I’m praying she makes a full restoration and I do know all the DWTS household is sending her therapeutic ideas. In working together with her, I can say she has a robust spirit and is a fighter, and I do know she will probably be doing all she will to heal.”
After her loss of life, Motsepe wrote a easy message on Instagram: “I like you, @anneheche.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba additionally wrote a heartfelt tribute on her personal Instagram web page:
Anne was one of many stars on @dancingwiththestars that really touched my coronary heart. Her private story was one which reached into my coronary heart and squeezed it. I might really feel the ache she felt, and I might additionally really feel her resilient and brave soul. And it was touching.
I had no thought all that she had gone via on this lifetime and I felt a connection to her and the struggles she confronted in life. Despite her trials and tribulations, she had a vibrant mild when she got here out on that stage to bop.
Every time she carried out, there was a way of full pleasure and a celebration of life. It was pure. And it was particular.
In her ultimate interview, which was recorded a number of months earlier than her loss of life for the podcast “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” however was launched after she died, Heche spoke about her time on “Dancing With the Stars,” which she known as a “big second” in her life.
“[Going on ‘Dancing With the Stars’] was an awesome transfer, I assumed. That was an enormous second for me. I used to be very thrilled to do ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ … I’m a dancer, I like to bop. I do not know tips on how to do issues proper, so I assumed that may be a blast to have the ability to show,” mentioned Heche.
She continued, “We got a chance on this second to reintroduce me to an viewers that I had not been reaching and by no means had the chance to achieve. It was enjoyable on very many ranges.”
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific time on Disney Plus.