Anne Heche was involved in a catastrophic car crash on August 5 which left her in a coma and her family now says she’s not expected to survive.
Actress Anne Heche crashed her car into a two-storey house in Los Angeles on Friday, August 5. Both her car and the house were engulfed in flames and Heche was trapped in the car for over an hour before being taken to a hospital. The fire took an hour to extinguish.
Heche has been in a coma ever since. Her brain was deprived of oxygen, leading to a severe anoxic brain injury and she is currently on life support.
Heche’s family have released a statement that they are not expecting the actress to survive her injuries, as she is essentially brain dead. It is expected that the family is preparing to turn off her life support and are looking into donating her organs.
It’s not currently known whether Heche’s accident was due to drugs in her system. Los Angeles police confirmed that they did find substances in her blood, but further testing was needed to rule out any drugs given at the hospital.
“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” the family’s statement read. “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.”
Heche’s career spanned over 30 years and she is known for films such as the 1998 remake of Psycho, Donnie Brasco and Volcano. According to her IMDB page, the actress still had several projects in post-production.