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Carrie Ann Inaba reflects on Anne Heche’s run on Dancing With The Stars: ‘She wasn’t afraid to fail’

Carrie Ann Inaba reflects on the late Anne Heche’s time on Dancing With The Stars: ‘She wasn’t afraid to fail’

Carrie Ann Inaba paid tribute to the late Anne Heche, who competed on season 29 of Dancing With The Stars for four weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hours after the 53-year-old actress was declared ‘brain dead’ after a fiery car crash last week, the 54-year-old Dancing With The Stars judge reflected on the mother-of-two’s stint on the ABC’s long-running dance competition.

‘She was a unique person,’ the TV personality told People. ‘So open and vulnerable, yet also so direct and courageous. I believe she was someone who was often misunderstood … and like all humans, she made mistakes.’ 

Remembering her friend: Carrie Ann Inaba paid tribute to the late Anne Heche, who competed on season 29 of Dancing with the Stars for four weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic; seen in 2019

The host continues: ‘But when I watched her perform up close, all I could feel from her was joy and an open heart, She loved to perform and she wasn’t afraid to fail.’ 

Inaba went on to describe Heche as ‘a rare and precious person’ that ‘left us and her family so soon.’

‘I’m sad,’ the choreographer concluded. ‘I wish her family healing and love … and may Anne Heche rest and play in peace now … She will always be a part of the DWTS family,’

Gone but never forgotten: Hours after the 53-year-old actress was declared 'brain dead' after a fiery car crash last week, the 54-year-old Dancing with the Stars judge reflected on the mother-of-two's stint on the ABC's long-running dance competition (pictured in 2022)

Gone but never forgotten: Hours after the 53-year-old actress was declared ‘brain dead’ after a fiery car crash last week, the 54-year-old Dancing with the Stars judge reflected on the mother-of-two’s stint on the ABC’s long-running dance competition (pictured in 2022)

'She was a unique person,' the TV personality told People . 'So open and vulnerable, yet also so direct and courageous. I believe she was someone who was often misunderstood … and like all humans, she made mistakes'

‘She was a unique person,’ the TV personality told People . ‘So open and vulnerable, yet also so direct and courageous. I believe she was someone who was often misunderstood … and like all humans, she made mistakes’

On her Instagram, Inaba also remembered her pal, who she said ‘truly touched’ her heart after learning her story on Dancing With The Stars.

‘I could feel the pain she felt, and I could also feel her resilient and courageous soul. And it was touching,’ she captioned her post. ‘I had no idea all that she had gone through in this lifetime and I felt a connection to her and the struggles she faced in life. Despite her trials and tribulations, she had a bright light when she came out on that stage to dance.’

Inaba continued: ‘Every time she performed, there was a sense of complete joy and a celebration of life. It was pure. And it was special.✨❤️’

Paying homage: On her Instagram, Inaba also remembered her pal, who she said 'truly touched' her heart after learning her story on Dancing With The Stars

Paying homage: On her Instagram, Inaba also remembered her pal, who she said ‘truly touched’ her heart after learning her story on Dancing With The Stars

She added: ‘We had reached out a few times to do her podcast but we never followed through. I am so heart broken for her and for those who love her. It is a tragedy in the fullest sense of the word. Not only for her but for the people who were also hurt and lost things in this incident. Lives are changed forever.’

Inaba also revealed she has to ‘swallow the tears that keep wanting to flow’ when she thinks of her friend ‘in that burning car, wondering what happened right before the accident.’

‘It seems from the outside like there was some sort of emotional distress. Pain. Panic. Fear. Frustration. Disorientation. Sadness. I don’t know… none of us do,’ she wrote. ‘Anne, I just wanted to say I’m grateful to have had the chance to SEE you. You had a great impact on many of us not only with your talent, but also with your free spirit.’

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