QAnon Conspiracy Theorists Go Crazy After Anne Heche’s Death – Rolling Stone

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Last week, actress Anne Heche died at the age of 53 after a devastating car accident in her Los Angeles neighborhood. Heche was a famous actor with movie credits like Six days, seven nights and Donnie Brasco under his belt, and had also had acclaimed performances on shows like Men in the trees and Suspended. Yet his accomplishments had always been overshadowed by two things: his three-year relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s; his struggles with addiction and mental illness; and her erratic behavior, such as an interview she gave to Barbra Walters about the incarnation of an alien named Celestia, often making headlines.

From what we know so far of Heche’s death, it seems that she continued to struggle until the last moments of her life. Footage from the accident shows she was driving at high speed at the time of the accident, and a blood test taken shortly after revealed the presence of drugs in her system. The story of his life and death resembles a tragic but clear case of an explosive talent struggling with drug addiction and mental illness, who ultimately succumbed to his demons.

Yet internet conspiracy theorists didn’t see it that way. Instead, they saw Anne Heche’s death as proof of something else: that she was murdered to cover up the crimes of Hollywood’s powerful and “elites” like Jeffrey Epstein and Amber Heard.

Shortly after Heche’s death, a post began circulating on Twitter which garnered around 4,000 shares before being deleted. The message read: “So actress Anne Heche, who died in a fiery car accident, was working on a film called The girl in room 13 about the Jeffrey Epstein ring. The claim also circulated on Facebook, where many speculated that Heche was murdered 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 is slated to air on Lifetime in October, is not about Epstein, as a network spokesperson later confirmed. According to an IMDB synopsis, the film deals with sex trafficking in general, as it tells the story of a woman (Heche’s daughter in the film) held captive in a hotel room with the intention of being sold for the sex. But it’s not at all clear that the story is based on him (there’s no evidence, for example, that Epstein ever held a woman in a motel room against her will).

The Epstein rumor isn’t the only one surrounding Heche’s passing. QAnon influencer Liz Crokin, who promoted the claim that Chrissy Teigen is connected to Pizzagate as well as the ridiculous idea that John F. Kennedy, Jr. faked his own death, recently posted that at the time of his dead, Heche was working on the HBO show The idol, which is produced by the Weeknd and is said to be inspired by Britney Spears (a prominent figure in the QAnon ecosystem). Crokin then groundless speculated that Heche – who had publicly spoken out on behalf of Heard’s ex and former bandmate Johnny Depp earlier this year – was killed days after online rumors began circulating that Heard used to date. organizing satanic sex parties in the apartment she shared with Depp. “What did Anne know?” Crokin’s post ended ominously.

Confusing Crokin’s specific conspiracy theory about Heche’s death aside – does it imply that Heche had insider knowledge of Britney Spears or Amber Heard, two Hollywood celebrities with no apparent connection to either? other ? — it’s not uncommon for online misinformation purveyors to project their own ideas about celebrity deaths. In recent years, many of these conspiracy theories have focused on the Covid-19 vaccine, with some on the far right suggesting that DMX and Bob Saget died of complications from the vaccine (which was untrue in the case of the two men). But such theories are not specific to the right, or even to young and seemingly healthy people who die in unclear circumstances. Last month, for example, similar speculation arose on the left after Ivana Trump, Trump’s ex-wife, died after falling down the stairs of her Manhattan brownstone – with accidental falls being the leading cause of injury-related death among people aged 65 or older. older (Ivana was 73 at the time of her death).

In this specific case, Anne Heche has been young – but emerging evidence suggests she was unfortunately not in very good health. She openly struggled with substance abuse and mental illness throughout her life, and while we are still learning about the circumstances of her death, all available evidence indicates that she was still struggling with these issues at the time of her death. Unfortunately, there seems to be little mystery surrounding Heche’s death. It makes no sense to focus the conversation on who “killed” her, or why, when there is another interesting discussion to be had: what we as a culture could have done better for the support while she lived.

This week on Don’t let this flop, rolling stoneof the Internet News and Culture podcast, co-hosts Brittany Spanos and Ej Dickson discuss Heche’s underrated career and the outrageous conspiracy theories surrounding his death, as well as the cancellation of William Shakespeare, Demi Lovato’s “29” trend and an X-rated rumor about barry Bill Hader.

Don’t let this flop is released Wednesdays on all audio streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher and more.

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