Anne Heche suffered a devastating brain injury after a serious car accident at a Los Angeles home last Friday and will likely never recover, her family says in a new statement.
“Unfortunately, as a result of her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and is in a critically comatose state. She is not expected to survive,” Rolling Stone said in a statement. “It has long been her decision to donate her organs and she is being placed on life support to determine if any are viable.” The statement thanks staff and nurses at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital, where the 53-year-old actress was treated.
“Anne had a big heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw it as her life’s work to spread kindness and joy – especially to move the needle, to accept who you love,” the statement said. “She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and will be greatly missed for her light.”
The shocking update comes after the Los Angeles Police Department said earlier Thursday that after the incident in which the actress drove her car at high speed into a one-story apartment building in Los Angeles’ Mar Vista neighborhood in August, Heche was charged with… was investigated for a crime against DUI 5.
Officer Matthew Cruz tells Rolling Stone that a search warrant allowed detectives to test some of Heche’s blood. “The result shows narcotics, but it’s all preliminary,” he says. “We still need additional tests to determine if anything administered at the hospital shows up in her system.”
“The car went off the road at the T-junction and went over the curb. It was airborne before entering the house and was about 30 feet inside the small house when it came to rest,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey previously told Rolling Stone, saying the Incident was reported at 10:56 a.m. Pacific Time Friday. Heche was flown from the scene of the accident in critical condition.
“The house was heavily involved in the fire,” Humphrey said. “One woman who was at home was at the back of the house and luckily and miraculously escaped injury.”