LOS ANGELES – Actress Anne Heche suffered an “anoxic” brain injury and is not expected to survive, her spokeswoman said Thursday, nearly a week after her car crashed at a home in Los Angeles.
The spokesperson said in a statement on behalf of her friends and family, “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and to be put on life support to determine if any are viable.” Is.”
On Monday, Heche, 53, was in a coma and in an “extreme” state, his representative said. The spokesperson said the actor “was unconscious, slipped into a coma” after the accident.
Anoxic injuries occur when the brain is cut off from oxygen, leading to cell death.
Heche, who was hospitalized at West Hills Hospital’s Grossman Burn Center, was in a coma on Thursday and was in critical condition, the statement said.
Heche cares for a home in the Mar Vista community of Los Angeles on Friday morning. Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said a “massive fire” caused by the collision caused damage to the house.
it was with him drugs in his system Police said Thursday that an investigation was underway for possible driving under the influence.
“In preliminary testing, blood draws revealed the presence of drugs,” Los Angeles police said in a statement.
He said Thursday that police “cannot yet comment on the presence of cocaine, fentanyl or alcohol at this time.” “That will be determined by the second test.”
“The matter is being investigated as a DUI traffic collision,” the statement said.
Heche landed her first notable roles in the soap opera “Another World” in the early 1990s, portraying Vicky Hudson and Marley Love.
Later that decade, “films like”Donny Brasco,” “Volcano,” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer”helped propel her fame to Hollywood and beyond.
His television credits included “Chicago PD,” and “Men in Trees.”
She met talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 1997 when her “Return to Paradise” co-star Vince Vaughn introduced the two to a Los Angeles-area restaurant.
Heche and DeGeneres became romantically involved in a relationship Heche said was important for the time because of the global attention they received as Hollywood stars in a same-sex romance.
“My story is a story that created change in the world, moving the needle for equal rights when I fell in love with Ellen DeGeneres,” she said in a tape segment for the show “Dancing with the Stars” that year. .
Officials said when their three-year relationship ended in 2000, Heche was hospitalized after she was found wandering a rural area in Fresno County, California, disoriented and confused.
Heche described his struggles with his mental health in his 2001 memoir, “Call Me Crazy.”
In an interview that year with Larry King, she said of the book, “I wanted to punch everybody.” “I certainly know what is written about me in the press. I, although I had never been diagnosed as being insane, I went insane.”
Heche said that he could not be hired for a role by a major studio for almost a decade.
Later, he married Koli Lafoun, and the couple had a son before they divorced. She had another son in 2009 with actor James Tupper, who co-starred in “Men in Trees” before the two parted ways.
In the statement to his family, Heche was described as someone with a “huge heart” and someone who “touched everyone he met with his generous spirit.”
“More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work – especially moving the needle in accepting the one you love,” the statement read. “He will be remembered for his courageous honesty and greatly missed for his light.”