The injuries she incurred in the collision and following vehicle fire, which occurred last week when actress Anne Heche smashed her car into a Los Angeles home, are anticipated to kill her, according to a statement released by her family on Thursday night.
The statement, which was provided to The Washington Post, stated that Anne Heche “unfortunately suffered a significant anoxic brain injury owing to her accident and remains in a coma, in critical condition.” It is unlikely that she will live.
Anne Heche is being kept alive on life support in order to see if any of her organs are still usable for donation, according to the statement. Heche is “brain dead,” the representative said to The Post.
“Anne had a big heart and her giving nature made an impression on everyone she encountered. Beyond her tremendous talent, she saw it as her life’s purpose to inspire kindness and joy, especially by promoting acceptance of who you love, the statement continued. She will be missed much for her light and remembered for her brave honesty.
Anne Heche, 53, was taken to the hospital last Friday after crashing her Mini Cooper into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, igniting both the car and the house. Over an hour, approximately 60 firefighters were needed to put out the fire. Police are looking into the potential that Heche may have been driving while intoxicated.
According to Officer Tony Im, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, a preliminary blood test on Heche revealed that she had drugs in her system. But he continued, “A second test is being done to see if such drugs were present due of her medical treatment.”
Anne Heche became well-known after making an appearance in the 1980s soap series “Another World.” She went on to star in movies including “Donnie Brasco,” “Six Days, Seven Nights,” and “Volcano,” and she is best known for her three and a half year relationship with Ellen DeGeneres that took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Heche purchased a wig from a salon before the accident on Friday morning, and the owner told the Los Angeles Times that she appeared to be in high spirits and not intoxicated. Citing an untimed footage, TMZ claimed that Heche struck an apartment complex garage before veering off down the street. Minutes before the collision was reported, surveillance video from another house captured a blue Mini Cooper racing down a residential street.
The Times stated that Heche was removed from the vehicle with significant burns. Days later, a spokesperson informed media outlets that the actress had fallen into a coma.
The representative issued a statement saying, “We want to thank everyone for their warm thoughts and prayers for Anne’s recovery as well as the committed staff and great nurses who cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.” “Unfortunately, Anne Heche’s accident resulted in a severe anoxic brain injury, and she is still in critical condition and in a coma. It is unlikely that she will live.
A GoFundMe account was started for the home’s resident, who, according to the fundraiser statement, “very narrowly averted physical damage” but lost many of her valuables.
Anne Heche’s family expressed gratitude to the Grossman Burn Center staff and “everyone for their warm thoughts and prayers for Anne’s recovery” in a statement released late on Thursday.
Anne Heche is most known for her roles in the movies “Donnie Brasco,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and “Six Days Seven Nights,” all of which were released in 1997. Her television credits include “Ally McBeal” on Fox, “Everwood” on the WB Network, “Men in Trees” on ABC, and “The Michael J. Fox Show” on NBC.