Anne Heche, an actress who was in a coma following a car accident last week, has been officially declared brain dead. One of her representatives stated Friday that she is being maintained on life support to determine if her organs can be donated.
The authorities stated that Ms. Heche (53), was seriously injured when her Mini Cooper crashed into a house in Mar Vista, Los Angeles. According to Thursday’s statement, she was receiving treatment at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills Hospital for a severe anoxic brain injury.
The statement stated that “it has been her decision for a long time to donate her organs, and she is being kept alive to determine if any of them are viable.” Later, the representative confirmed that Thursday night’s declaration of brain death was made.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire started when Ms. Heche crashed into the car. It took more than an hour for firefighters to extinguish it. According to authorities, Ms. Heche was alone in the car.
Jeff Lee, a public relations officer for the Los Angeles Police said that a blood sample taken from Ms. Heche at hospital revealed “the presence drugs”, but didn’t specify what type. A second test is needed to rule out substances administered by hospital staff, but these results could take up to weeks.
1991 Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Younger Actress in Drama Series, Ms. Heche was recognized for her role as the evil twins of “Another World” on NBC.
In the late 1990s she starred in a number of Hollywood movies, including “Donnie Brasco,” and “Wag The Dog”. also performed on Broadway. She was the star in “Proof” in 2002, and “Twentieth Century”, in 2004, for which she was nominated for a Tony.
Ben Brantley, The Times’s reviewer of “Twentieth Century,” wrote that Ms. Heche’s portrayal as Lily Garland was “Her posture melting between serpentine sexiness and a street fighter’s aggressiveness, and her voice shifting between dime-store velvet and supper club vinyl, Ms. Heche summons a whole gallery of studio-made sirens of the Depression era, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, and Carole Lombard who famously played Lily in Howard Hawks screen version of “Twentieth Century” on the movie.
She is currently working on several projects, according IMDb.
Reporting by Vimal Patel, Mike Ives.