Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive,’ Remains In Coma

Anne HecheShe remains in a coma after Friday’s car accident on August 5.

“We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital,” a rep for Heche’s family and friends told DeadlineThursday, August 11th. “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.” 

As for her legacy, they continued, “Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work –especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

According to the statement, Heche, 53, is still on life support in order to “determine” if her organs are viable for donation, which is something that has “long been her choice.”

The Men in TreesSince Friday, actress has been admitted to the hospital. Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the actress’s hospitalization. Us Weekly at the time that the driver — who they have now identified as Heche — was allegedly speeding while traveling eastbound on Preston Way in Los Angeles. The blue Mini Cooper ran off road at the intersection of Preston Street and Walgrove. Around 11 a.m., the car collided with a house in Walgrove’s 1700 block. One woman was at home, however she was in her backyard and was not hurt.

Heche sustained severe burns after the vehicle caught fire. In a video update, the Los Angeles Fire Department said that the car had entered the two-story home from 30 feet. It was declared unsafe to enter the house after the fire was out. It took 59 firefighters more than an hour to put out the fire.

While the All RiseAlthough initially stable, the situation changed on Monday. “At this time she is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” a representative for Heche told Use. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

A spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed that there was no accident. Us that Heche is being investigated for a felony DUI traffic collision. 

“The blood sample results showed there was a presence of narcotics,” the spokesperson told UsThursday. “However, additional testing is required to rule out any substance that was administered at the hospital.” When asked about reports that Heche was under the influence of fentanyl at the time of the crash, the spokesperson responded: “It’s unknown at this time what kind of narcotics until additional testing is completed.”

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