ACTRESS Anne Heche isn’t expected to survive a horror car crash as her family and friends have learned she is brain dead, a rep for the family said.
Ellen Degeneres’ ex is being kept alive on a ventilator as those close to her are faced with the difficult decision to take her off life support.
She is being kept alive until it’s determined whether any organs not damaged in last Friday’s crash can be donated, Date limite signalé.
“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,” a rep for Heche’s family told Deadline.
"Malheureusement, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive.
“It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.
“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit.
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 suffered major injuries after she smashed her car into a house in a fiery crash on August 5.
A rep for Anne, 53, Raconté TMZ: “Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma and is in critical condition.
“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”
Dramatic photos of the wreckage show her mangled vehicle being towed after Anne was dragged out of the flaming car by firefighters.
She was seen squirming in agony on a stretcher before she was rushed to hospital after the smash at around 11am.
It is reported she was driving at speeds of up to 90mph before the crash, which took place in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.
Video footage has shown Anne appearing to speed down a residential street in her blue Mini Cooper moments before the devastating smash.
“Based on the blood work, it revealed the presence of narcotics,” Officer Lizeth Lomeli of the LAPD told Deadline.
A neighbor has claimed that he heard her plow into a garage of an apartment complex while numerous residents rushed to her aid.
HIT AND RUN
But Anne instead ignored their attempts to help and put the car in reverse before zooming off again, onlookers claimed.
She then careered through a hedge and rammed into a nearby home before her wrecked Mini Cooper burst into flames.
The blaze engulfed the house and sent smoke billowing down the street.
Quelques 59 firefighters were left battling the “stubborn flames” pour 65 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Heche had recently wrapped filming a Lifetime movie titled Girl In Room 13 before the fatal crash.
LIFE AS A STAR
Anne and the talk show legend Ellen were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples, and they dated from 1997 à 2000, when they amicably split.
Anne, who competed on Dancing With The Stars in 2020, has a 13-year-old son with her ex-husband James Tupper.
James, who met the star while he was working as a cameraman, has asked fans for their “thoughts and prayers” following Friday’s shock accident.
Anne is also mom to her 20-year-old son Homer, from her marriage to Coley Laffoon.
Alongside her busy acting career, including a recurring role in All Rise on OWN, Anne co-hosts a podcast with Heather Duffy – Better Together with Anne & Heather.
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