Actress Anne Heche, who came to prominence during the late ’90s with movies such as Donnie Brasco, starring opposite Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Six Days, Seven Nights, has been involved in a severe car crash on Friday, at around 10:55 a.m., and remains in critical condition. She was reported to have had her Mini Cooper crashed into a home in the the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.

According to family representatives, she is not expected to survive.

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The statement released on her condition says, “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.

“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 revealed.

“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.”

As reported by Entertainment Tonight, Heche’s oldest son, Homer, 20, is facing the pressure of making decisions regarding his mom’s medical care. Heche is also a mom of son Atlas, who is 14 years old.

“[Homer’s] being as strong as he can be. Her family is ready to surround her and be there if she wakes up. Everyone is waiting for that to happen,” the media site revealed. “They are trying to focus on getting Anne better, and it’s very hard when they have these negative distractions. Anne is in a coma and fighting for her life. She has no voice here.”

According to CNN, the accident remains under investigation. The blood analysis revealed presence of narcotics in Heche’s body. However, it would take weeks before further analysis help determine what types of drugs it is and to rule out any substances that were administered in the hospital, where she remains in a coma for six days. LAPD Officer Jeff Lee spoke of Heche’s case and explained that “her blood showed signs of impairment and that is why it is now being investigated as a felony traffic collision.”

Despite severe brain injury, the actress sustained burns as well, as the accident resulted in a fire that required some 59 firefighters to put out and caused major structural damage. An eye witness of the crash told NBC Los Angeles that it took “a crane to move the car to extract the driver. It was crazy.”

Another eyewitness, David Manpearl, said how he left his house after hearing the crash, only to find Heche’s Mini Cooper wedged in the back wall of his neighbor’s house. The owner of the house was in a state of shock as he stood in the middle of the kitchen asking for help.

“She couldn’t move because the ceiling had come down, so there was all kinds of debris everywhere,” Manpearl said. “It got to a point where there was fire everywhere. It was all around us,” he added.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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UPDATE: Anne Heche died on August 12, a representative confirmed to media outlet TMZ.

“We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.

“Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Her death comes a week after the tragic accident.

Rest in peace, Anne Heche, you will be missed.

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