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Anne Heche on Life Support Says Crash's Survival Was 'Unexpected'

Los Angeles -

Anne Heche is on life support after suffering brain damage in a fire accident a week ago. representative.

The actor, who is in a coma and is in critical condition, has been placed on life support for possible organ donation, according to a statement released Thursday night on behalf of her family and friends. I keep getting it.

Grossman of West Hills Hospital north of Los Angeles Heche, who was admitted to He Byrne-Her Center, suffered a "severe anoxic brain injury," the statement said. Such damage is caused by a persistent lack of oxygen to her brain.

She "is not expected to survive," her statement said. "For a long time she has opted to donate organs. She is kept on life support to determine if she has viable organs."

8 On the morning of May 5, Heche's car crashed into a house in his West Los Angeles neighborhood, causing a fire with the car embedded inside the house.

Earlier Thursday, police said they were investigating her Heche for DUI. Detectives with her search warrant took her blood samples and found drugs in her body, said her LAPD spokesperson Jeff Lee.

Toxicology tests, which take weeks to complete, should be performed to better identify drugs and distinguish them from drugs that may have been given for treatment in the hospital.

Police say evidence from the crash is still being collected and they plan to file a case with prosecutors if warranted when the investigation is completed.

A representative for Heche declined to comment on the investigation.

On Tuesday, Heche spokesperson Heather Duffy Boylston said she had been in a coma since the accident, had burns that required surgery and needed to breathe on a respirator. He said he had a lung injury.

``Anne had a big heart and a generous spirit that impressed all she met. I considered it my life's work, especially moving the needle to embrace my loved ones," a statement Thursday said. "She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and will be missed for her light."

At age 53, Heche was one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars in the late 1990s. , played opposing actors such as Johnny Depp ("Donnie Brasco") and Harrison Ford ("Six Days Seven Nights"). In her 2001 memoir, she talked about her lifelong struggle with mental health.

She recently had a recurring role in the network TV series Chicago P.D. She was a contestant on 'All Rise' and, in 2020, 'Dancing With the Stars'.