Actress Anne Heche, who had been in a coma since a car accident last week, was declared brain dead and is being kept on life support to see if her organs are viable for donation, the agency said on Friday. one of its representatives.
Ms Heche, 53, was seriously injured on August 5 when she crashed the Mini Cooper she was driving into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said. She suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and was being treated at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital, according to a statement released on behalf of her family and friends Thursday evening.
“It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable,” the statement read.
The declaration of brain death had come Thursday evening but “his heart is still beating” on life support, Representative Holly Baird said on Friday. The search for possible organ recipients could take days, even as Ms Heche’s family and friends issue statements of grief.
“Today we lost a shining light, a kind and most joyous soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” her friends and family said in a statement released by Ms Baird. “Anne will be sorely missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy.”
The accident started a fire that took more than an hour for 59 firefighters to put out, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Ms. Heche was the only person in the car, authorities said.
Jeff Lee, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, said an initial blood sample taken from Ms Heche at the hospital revealed “the presence of drugs”, but did not specify any details. what type. He said a second test was needed to rule out any substances administered by hospital staff, but those results could take “weeks”.
In 1991, Ms. Heche won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, for playing good and bad twins on the NBC soap opera “Another World.”
She starred in several popular Hollywood films in the late 1990s, including “Donnie Brasco”, “Wag the Dog” and “Six Days Seven Nights”. She continued to have television roles, including 2006’s ‘Men in Trees’ and 2009’s ‘Hung’, and performed on Broadway, with 2002’s ‘Proof’ and 2004’s ‘Twentieth Century‘, for which she received a Tony nomination. .
In his review of ‘Twentieth Century’, Ben Brantley of The Times wrote of Ms. Heche’s portrayal of Lily Garland: “Her posture blending serpentine seductiveness with street fighter aggression, her voice oscillating between the velvet from the supper-club and vinyl from the dime store, Ms. Heche summons a whole gallery of Depression-era studio-made sirens: Jean Harlow, the pre-mummified Joan Crawford and, yes, Carole Lombard, who portrayed Lily in the film version of Howard Hawks’ “Twentieth Century”.
She has several projects in post-production, according to IMDb, including “Supercell,” a movie starring Alec Baldwin, and the HBO show “The Idol.” She had recently wrapped filming “Girl in Room 13,” a Lifetime movie slated to premiere in September, Variety reported.
Vimal Patel and Mike Ives contributed report.