Anne Heche “not expected to survive” injuries suffered in a fiery car accident

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Anne Heche at the 74th annual Directors Guild of America Awards at the Beverly Hilton on March 12, 2022 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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City of Angels — Anne Heche is on life support after suffering a brain injury i fiery accident a week ago and is not expected to last, according to a statement from a representative.

The actor, that is in a coma and in critical conditionis being kept on life support so that an organ can be donated, according to a statement issued Thursday night on behalf of her family and friends.

Heche, who was hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital north of Los Angeles, suffered a “severe anesthetic brain injury,” the statement said. Such injury is caused by a constant lack of oxygen to the brain.

“She is not expected to survive,” the statement said. “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to see if any are viable.”

On the morning of August 5, Heche’s car crashed into a house in a neighborhood in west Los Angeles and a fire broke out with the car embedded inside the house.

Earlier Thursday, police said they were investigating Heche for driving under the influence. Detectives with a search warrant took a sample of her blood and found narcotics in her system, LAPD spokesman Jeff Lee said.

Toxicology tests, which can take weeks, must be done to more clearly identify the drugs and to differentiate them from any medication she may have been given for treatment in the hospital.

Evidence is still being collected from the crash, police said, and they would submit a case to prosecutors if warranted once the investigation is complete.

A representative for Heche declined to comment on the investigation.

On Tuesday, Heche spokeswoman Heather Duffy Boylston said she had been in a coma since the accident, with burns that required surgery and lung injuries that required the use of a ventilator to breathe.

“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 to embrace the person who you are loved,” said Thursday’s statement. “She will be remembered for her honesty and courage and I miss her a lot for her light.”

Heche, 53, was among Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars in the late 1990s, playing opposite actors including Johnny Depp (“Donnie Brasco”) and Harrison Ford (“Six Days, Seven Nights”).

She recently had recurring roles on the network television series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”

In a 2001 memoir, she discussed her lifelong struggle with mental health.

Other celebrities and former stars shared messages of support for Heche after the accident.

Among them: actor Alec Baldwin, who took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Heche, with whom he worked.

“Hey, I just want to send all my wishes and love to Anne Heche,” Baldwin said in a video. “Anne is an old friend of mine and I did a great thriller with her in the 90s called ‘The Juror’.”

“There aren’t many women I’ve worked with who are brave the way Anne is,” he said. “She would do anything, she would do anything. We didn’t do a lot of crazy things in the movie, but she was very original.” Baldwin also said he and Heche worked together on the play “The Twentieth Century,” for which Heche was nominated for a Tony in 2004.

“I love you Anne. I love you. I think you are so talented and I hope everything is okay and you get through this,” he said.

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