Actress Anne Heche is unlikely to survive after a fiery car accident in Mar Vista last week left her in a coma, according to a statement on behalf of her family and friends on Thursday evening.
She is being kept on life support at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital while medical staff determine if any of her organs are viable for donation, as she has long wanted, the statement said.
The accident left Heche, 53, with “a severe anoxic brain injury”, and she remained in a critical condition in a coma, the statement said.
“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” the statement read. “More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work – particularly moving the needle for acceptance from whoever you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and she will be greatly missed for her light.
Investigators, meanwhile, continued to probe the circumstances surrounding the accident and found that Heche was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident.
Officer Annie Hernandez, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said a blood test showed the presence of narcotics, but those early results could be invalidated if the drugs at the hospital turn out to be drugs. narcotics.
A second blood test will be administered to rule out any substances administered to the hospital as part of Heche’s medical treatment, LAPD public information officer Jeff Lee said.
The results of the second test could take 30 to 90 days.
Another law enforcement source told The Times that the initial blood test also showed Heche had cocaine in his system after the crash.
The latest development comes days after an LAPD representative told The Times that detectives had obtained a search warrant for the actor’s blood to see if she was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
On Monday, Heche’s spokeswoman said the ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’ star was in “critical condition” and slipped into a coma.
On Friday, Heche was hospitalized with severe burns after her car crashed into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles and started a fire. Fifty-nine firefighters rushed to the scene and contained and extinguished the blaze within 65 minutes.
Prior to the incident, the actor was filmed crashing in the garage of a Mar Vista building. She was also seen speeding down another street in the West Los Angeles neighborhood.
Just before the accident, Heche stopped at Glass Hair Design, a hair salon in Venice, to buy a bright red wig. Salon owner Richard Glass told The Times that Heche did not seem under the influence when he sold her the wig.
“Very, very random,” Glass said of meeting Heche.
Residents told The Times that the house Heche planted his blue Mini Cooper in was badly damaged. Mar Vista resident David Manpearl said Heche’s vehicle crashed into the residence and became lodged in a back wall.
The investigation was turned into a DUI felony when detectives learned that a woman inside the home, who was engulfed in flames, suffered minor injuries and received medical attention, according to LAPD’s Lee , who was unaware of his current status as of Thursday afternoon.
“Once you learn there’s any type of injury, it automatically turns into a crime,” Lee said.
Heche’s accident on Friday was not his first example of erratic behavior in public. After breaking up with ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres in August 2000, Heche moved on with a stranger in Fresno. She abandoned her car and, wearing only shorts and a bra, spoke of God and a spaceship to the sky.
On Monday, DeGeneres had little to say about her former partner’s accident and her current condition.
“We’re not in contact so I wouldn’t know,” the comedian told the Daily Mail photographer when approached in Santa Barbara.
The former talk show host was among Hollywood personalities who reacted to Heche’s car accident. On social media, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell and Heche’s ex-boyfriends James Tupper and Thomas Jane shared their best wishes for the actor.
On Twitter, Rosanna Arquette said Heche “is clearly in crisis”.
On Thursday, Lifetime’s executive vice president and chief programming officer, Amy Winter, opened up about Heche’s accident and the actor’s upcoming film for the network, “Girl in Room 13.”
“Anne remains in critical condition, and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected,” Winter said during Lifetime’s presentation to the Television Critics Assn. press tour. “We hope his friends and family stay strong during this difficult time.”
Heche was scheduled to appear before the TCA panel. “Girl in Room 13,” directed by Elisabeth Röhm, is still on track for a September release.
Los Angeles Times