Anne Heche remains hospitalized in critical condition and in a coma since her violent car accident in Los Angeles on Friday morning.
The actress, 53, was the driver of an accident in which her vehicle hit a house in Mar Vista, starting a fire.
Heche’s spokeswoman confirmed the accident to The Associated Press. TMZ was first to report the news.
Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche’s friend and podcast partner, told AP in a statement that “Heche’s family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and respect his privacy during this difficult time.”
Although Boylston described Heche as “currently in stable condition,” the actress’ manager Michael McConnell told USA TODAY on Monday that she was “in extremely critical condition.”
“She has a significant lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgery,” McConnell added. “She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident,” he continued.
Late Friday, ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘A Million Little Things’ star James Tupper, Heche’s former partner of 10 years and father of one of his children, posted a photo of the actress and their son , Atlas, on his verified Instagram account. . “Thoughts and prayers for this lovely wife, actress and mother tonight,” he wrote along with a heart emoji. “anneheche we love you.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Heche representatives for more details.
Television video showed a badly damaged and burnt-out blue Mini Cooper Clubman being towed out of the house, with a woman sitting on a stretcher and struggling as firefighters put her in an ambulance.
Without identifying the driver, Tony Im, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed to USA TODAY that an accident occurred around 10:55 a.m. and the vehicle “was engulfed in flames.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the driver to a local hospital for medical treatment, Im said.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in an online statement that the vehicle struck a two-story house, causing “structural compromise and causing heavy fire.” The driver was taken to hospital “in critical condition,” the statement said.
Fifty-nine firefighters responded to the incident and took 65 minutes to extinguish the flames and rescue an adult woman from the vehicle, LAFD said. No other injuries were reported.
Rosanna Arquette took Twitter ask for prayers for Heche’s recovery following the news.
“Anne Heche is in hospital with severe burns following a car accident, it is truly tragic,” she wrote. “Pray for her.”
Heche rose to fame in the 1990s soap opera “Another World.” His other screen credits include the shows “All Rise”, “Chicago PD” and “The Brave”.
While appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2020, Heche opened up about her past relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres. The two met at a Vanity Fair Oscars party in 1997 and were a couple until 2000.
“I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three and a half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so severe that I was fired from my multi-million dollar contract, and I did not work in a studio photo for 10 years,” Heche said on “DWTS.”
In 2000, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on a stranger’s door near Fresno, California. Authorities said she appeared shaken and disoriented and spoke incoherently to residents.
In “Call Me Crazy,” her memoir published in 2001, Heche opened up about her lifelong struggles with mental health and a childhood of abuse.
Contributors: Lynn Elber, The Associated Press, and Kim Willis and Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY
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