Anne Heche has suffered a serious brain injury and is "not expected to survive". This is how a representative of the actress has confirmed the fateful news through a statement. The performer, 53 years old, crashed into a house in a residential neighborhood of Los Angeles (USA) last Friday and the crash caused a massive fire. Since then, she has been in a coma and intubated at West Hills Hospital's Grossman Burn Center, a state in which Heche is being kept for practical reasons. “Unfortunately, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma in a critical condition. He is not expected to survive. Her choice was always to donate her organs and she is kept on a life support system to determine if any are viable", confirms the representative in his statement.
The actress was tremendously popular in the late nineties. He participated in blockbusters like Donnie Brasco (1997), volcano (1997) or Six days and seven nights (1998), film that co-starred alongside Harrison Ford. At the height of his popularity he went public with his relationship with the presenter Ellen DeGeneres, becoming one of the most media couples in Hollywood, at a time when homosexuality was not so accepted and being openly lesbian could condemn ostracize you. Heche, more than once, attributed his lack of roles in the following decade to Hollywood homophobia. The family statement refers to this aspect of her life assuring that “more than her extraordinary talent, she saw the spread of kindness and joy as her life's work. He especially fought for self-acceptance, love who you love. She will be remembered for her brave honesty and missed for her light.”
The letter goes on to express gratitude for the outpouring of support and care shown to Heche after the car accident he suffered last August 5. That's when his blue Mini Cooper crashed into a house in the Mar Vista area (Los Angeles), and the vehicle ended up engulfed in flames. According to the police, the car was going at such a speed that it left the road and caught fire when it hit the property. A total of "59 firefighters took 65 minutes to access, reduce and completely extinguish the persistent flames inside the heavily damaged structure and rescue an adult woman found inside the vehicle", reported the press release of the local authorities, which in at first they did not identify who the injured person was (which several American media outlets would do shortly afterwards). Heche was taken to the hospital with severe burns and a critical prognosis.
At the same time, the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating whether the actress was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Public Information Office of the Angeles Police has confirmed this Thursday to the media that the blood tests reveal the presence of drugs, although "additional tests are needed to rule out other substances administered at the hospital", according to reports Fox News. Before the final accident, the actress' car was involved in two more crashes. He first collided with a vehicle and then with a garage, from which he fled while a neighbor shouted at him, as can be seen in a video published on the Internet. Several security cameras recorded the actress' blue Mini skidding recklessly through the neighborhood where the final and fateful accident finally occurred.
Anne Heche has a successful professional history, she was even nominated for a Tony for the play on Broadway XX century, but his personal life has been full of chiaroscuro. In her memoirs, Heche reported being sexually abused by her father, who died of AIDS when she was still a teenager. This fact confronted her mother, who always denied the accusations. The actress, mother of two children (Homer, 20, and Atlas, 13), has been dealing with mental health problems for years. Three of his four brothers are dead. One died in a traffic accident, although she always maintained that it was suicide.