Hiep Thi Le, best-known for her critically acclaimed role in Oliver Stone's 1994 film Heaven and Earth, has passed away at the age of 46.
According to Deadline, Le died of complications from stomach cancer.
The actress starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Stone’s film and followed the story of a woman living in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
Due to the praise from her performance in the film, Le became a pioneer for Asian-American actors in mainstream American films.
Le became a chef and owner of Le Cellier, a French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant in Marina Del Rey, California, Variety reports. In 2014, she competed on the Food Network show Chopped.
The actress leaves behind her husband, two children, six siblings and her parents. Our thoughts are with them during this incredibly difficult time.