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Actor Anne Heche is on life support and is 'not expected' to survive

LOS ANGELES — Anne Heche is on life support after suffering brain damage in a fire accident a week ago, according to a representative statement.

The comatose and critically ill actor was placed on life support for possible organ donation, according to a statement released Thursday night on behalf of her family and friends. It continues.

Grossman at West Hills Hospital, north of Los Angeles. Such damage is caused by a persistent lack of oxygen to the brain.

"She is not expected to survive," the statement said. “Organ donation has long been her choice, and she continues to receive life support to determine if she has viable organs.”

Aug 5 On the morning of , Heche's car smashed 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.

Actress Anne Heche Memories "Call Call Me Crazy", November 28, 2001, at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA.

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Conducting toxicology tests, which can take weeks to complete, To clearly identify and distinguish them from drugs she may have been given for treatment at 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 touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. Beyond her extraordinary talent, she has made it her life's work to spread kindness and joy." ``She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and will be missed for her light.''

53 The aged Heche was one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars in the late 1990s, playing opposite 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'. Please contact

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