Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’ Injuries From Car Crash, Rep Says

Anne Heche at the 25th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala on the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Anne Heche suffered catastrophic injuries when her car crashed into a Los Angeles house last week, and “is not expected to survive,” a representative for the actress said Thursday night.

Heche has a “severe” brain injury and is on life support at an L.A. hospital that specializes in treating burn victims, the rep said in a statement to the media.

“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,” the rep said. “Unfortunately, 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.”

Anoxic brain damage occurs when the brain does not get enough oxygen, according to Winchester Hospital in Massachusetts.

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Heche’s doctors are currently trying to determine if any of her organs can be donated.

“It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable,” the statement continued.

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” the rep added on behalf of Heche’s family and friends. “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.”

The actress has been hospitalized since Friday, Aug. 5, when she crashed her Mini Cooper into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, causing the structure to erupt in flames.

The woman living in the house lost everything in the fire. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her, her two dogs and a pet turtle. As of Thursday evening, it had raised more than $135,000.

Earlier Thursday, Los Angeles police said blood tests done on Heche after she was hospitalized showed narcotics in her system. Police did not specify what drugs were found, but said they had launched a felony DUI investigation into the case.

Heche was born in Ohio and is 53 years old.