She had drugs in her system and is being investigated for possibly driving under the influence, LA police said in a statement.
Nearly a week after she crashed her car into a home in Los Angeles, Anne Heche suffered an "anoxic" brain injury and is 'not expected to survive.' The actor's prognosis looks quite bleak, according to a representative's statement to People. "Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition," the rep explains on behalf of the family, in a statement. "She is not expected to survive," it says, adding that it has been her choice for a very long time to "donate her organs" and that she is "being kept on life support" to determine her organs' viability.
BREAKING: Actor Anne Heche is not expected to survive after suffering a brain injury from crashing her car into a Los Angeles home, her family says. https://t.co/EIVB72Nnpo— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2022
Anoxic injuries can be caused when the brain is deprived of oxygen, resulting in cell death. According to the statement, Heche was still in a coma and on Thursday while she was being treated at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. The 53-year-old was reported to be in an “extreme” condition, as on Monday, and her condition has continually spiraled downwards. Heche crashed into a home in Los Angeles' Mar Vista neighborhood late Friday morning. According to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Flames Department, the residence was damaged by the "strong fire" caused by the accident, reports NBC.
The actress never recovered consciousness after crashing her automobile into a house in Los Angeles' Mar Vista area six days ago. The violent collision damaged a house and left Heche critically injured and intubated. She reportedly had drugs in her system and is currently being investigated for possibly driving under the influence, police said on Thursday. “In preliminary testing, the blood draw revealed the presence of drugs,” Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. “The case is being investigated as felony DUI traffic collision,” the statement from LAPD said. Anne Heche was allegedly intoxicated, under the influence of cocaine and perhaps fentanyl at the time of the crash. According to LAPD sources, the actress' blood test results for both narcotics came back positive, PageSix reports.
However, law enforcement sources noted that fentanyl may have been supplied to Heche in the hospital to assist manage her pain following the accident, so further testing will be performed to confirm whether the fentanyl was in her system when she crashed. The statement on Heche's family's behalf expresses gratitude for the outpouring of love and concern for Heche in the aftermath of the accident. "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," the statement adds, expressing gratitude to the caregivers at the hospital.
In the statement, Heche's representative goes on to say that Anne's legacy is "more than her extraordinary talent," her life's work of "spreading kindness and joy." Anne had a "huge heart and touched everyone she met." She definitely moved the "needle for acceptance of who you love." The rep continues, "She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light." Heche is best known for her portrayal of twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the series Another World (1987–1991), for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award and two Soap Opera Digest Awards.
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