(KTLA) — Family and loved ones prepare to say goodbye to actress Anne Heche as doctors plan to remove her from life support after finding acceptable recipients for her donated organs, according to TMZ.
Heche was involved in a fire accident in which her high-speed vehicle apparently crashed into a Los Angeles home on August 5. The accident caused a fire in a house.
The 53-year-old actress suffered traumatic injuries that left her in a coma and medically “brain dead”, her reps said.
A spokesperson for Heche and his family released a statement on Friday announcing his passing.
“While Anne is legally dead under California law, her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off life support so that One Legacy can see if she is suitable for organ donation,” the statement read. .
For the past few days, doctors at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills have kept her on life support in hopes of finding suitable organ recipients for her organs.
On Sunday, TMZ reported that recipients had been found and doctors were preparing to remove the actress from life support to begin the process of harvesting and transplanting her organs.
Originally from Ohio, Heche first rose to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role.
Heche has worked steadily in smaller films, on Broadway, and in television shows over the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 she took part in “Dancing With the Stars.”
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Heche was under the influence of cocaine and possibly other drugs at the time of the accident.
On Friday, after news of Heche’s condition was released, police said they were no longer considering pursuing a case against her.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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