Anne Heche’s family and friends had been hoping for a miracle following the Emmy-winning actor’s horrific car crash last Friday. It didn’t come, and her closest ones are making the difficult decision to take her off life support after she was pronounced brain dead. She is being kept on a ventilator until it’s determined whether any organs not damaged in the crash and subsequent fire can be donated.
“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,” a rep for Heche’s family and friends told Deadline.
“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.”
Drugs were found in Heche’s system after she committed a hit-and-run into one building, then moments later crashed into an L.A. home, which caused an explosion that destroyed the property. Thankfully, the home’s resident and her dogs were able to escape the fire without being injured.
Anne Heche launched her acting career in 1987 on NBC’s Another World (playing twins), and went on to star in major Hollywood films with Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Johnny Depp, and more. She of course had that infamous lesbian relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, then had a series of public mental breakdowns before seeming to be somewhat stable over the last couple decades. That obviously changed recently. She was obviously troubled for most of her life, so hopefully she has finally found peace.
Heche had a minor role in a pretty good horror movie from 1997, I Know What You Did Last Summer: