Anne Heche unlikely to survive fiery car crash, family says

actor Anne Heche suffered a devastating brain injury following a burning car accident last week and is not expected to survive, a spokesperson for his family said in a statement late Thursday.

“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,” the statement, which was provided at multiple media, said.

“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 added.

Severe anoxic injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen for a prolonged time and experiences cell death.

Heche, 53, was left in a coma Thursday night at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. She suffered burns requiring surgery as well as lung damage, the Associated Press reported.

Heche crashed last Friday at a home in the Mar Vista community of Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the car was engulfed in flames; much of the house was also destroyed by fire.

He had drugs in his system at the time of the crash and is being investigated for possible driving under the influence, police said Thursday.

Actress Anne Heche suffered a devastating brain injury following a violent car accident last week and is not expected to survive, a spokesperson for her family has said.
Actress Anne Heche suffered a devastating brain injury following a violent car accident last week and is not expected to survive, a spokesperson for her family has said.

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The statement from Heche’s family thanked “everyone for their good wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery” as well as the medical teams who took care of her.

“Anne had a big 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 – particularly moving the needle for acceptance of who you love,” the Thursday statement said. “She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and will be greatly missed for her light.”

Former boyfriend, actor Thomas Jane, told NBC he was devastated by the news of the accident.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Anne, one of the true talents of her generation,” he said.

Heche had several prominent Hollywood roles in the late 1990s, playing alongside Johnny Depp (“Donnie Brasco”) and Harrison Ford (“Six Days, Seven Nights”). She recently had recurring roles on the TV series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise,” and participated in “Dancing With the Stars” in 2020.

Born in Aurora, Ohio, Heche launched her acting career as a teenager, playing twins Victoria and Marley on the NBC soap opera “Another World.” She won a Daytime Emmy in 1991 for her work.

Heche opened up about his lifelong struggles with mental health issues in his 2001 memoir call me crazy.