Anne Heche is ‘mind useless’ however on life help, rep says

Anne Heche’s “heart is still beating” regardless of new stories saying that the actor died Friday after a fiery automotive crash in Mar Vista final week left her in a coma.

“She was declared brain dead last night but has been kept on life support for organ donation,” her consultant, Holly Baird, mentioned Friday in an e mail to the Los Angeles Occasions.

Heche, 53, is being saved on life help on the Grossman Burn Heart at West Hills Hospital whereas medical staffers decide whether or not any of her organs are viable for donation, as had lengthy been her want, her household and buddies mentioned in an announcement issued Thursday night time.

Heche’s crash, on Aug. 5, left her with “a severe anoxic brain injury,” and she or he remained in crucial situation within the coma, based on an announcement on behalf of her household and buddies Thursday night time.

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit,” the assertion mentioned. “More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

Investigators, in the meantime, continued to probe the circumstances surrounding the crash and located that Heche was beneath the affect of narcotics on the time of the incident.

Officer Annie Hernandez, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Division, mentioned a blood take a look at confirmed the presence of narcotics, however these preliminary findings could possibly be invalidated if medicines on the hospital turned out to be the narcotics.

A second blood take a look at might be administered to rule out any substances that got on the hospital as a part of Heche’s medical therapy, mentioned LAPD Public Data Officer Jeff Lee.

The outcomes of the second take a look at may take wherever from 30 to 90 days.

One other regulation enforcement supply advised The Occasions that the preliminary blood take a look at additionally confirmed that Heche had cocaine in her system after the crash.

The most recent growth comes days after a consultant for the LAPD advised The Occasions that detectives obtained a search warrant for the actor’s blood to see whether or not she was driving beneath the affect on the time of the accident.

On Monday, Heche’s spokeswoman mentioned the “Six Days, Seven Nights” star was in “critical condition” and slipped right into a coma.

On Aug. 5, Heche was hospitalized with extreme burns after crashing her automotive into a house in L.A.’s Mar Vista neighborhood and inflicting it to catch fireplace. Fifty-nine firefighters rushed to the scene and contained and extinguished the hearth in 65 minutes.

Earlier than the incident, the actor was captured on video crashing into the storage of a Mar Vista residence constructing. She was additionally seen dashing on one other road within the West Los Angeles neighborhood.

Proper earlier than the crash, Heche stopped by Glass Hair Design, a hair salon in close by Venice, to purchase a vibrant pink wig. Salon proprietor Richard Glass advised The Occasions that Heche didn’t appear to be beneath the affect when he bought her the wig.

“Very, very random,” Glass mentioned of his encounter with Heche.

Residents advised The Occasions that the house that Heche plowed her blue Mini Cooper into was severely broken. Mar Vista resident David Manpearl mentioned Heche’s car crashed via the residence and was lodged in a wall within the again.

The investigation was escalated to felony DUI when detectives discovered {that a} lady inside the home, which was engulfed in flames, suffered minor accidents and acquired medical therapy, based on LAPD’s Lee, who didn’t know her present standing Thursday afternoon.

“Once it’s learned there’s any kind of injury involved, it’s automatically escalated into a felony,” Lee mentioned.

Heche’s Friday crash wasn’t her first occasion of erratic conduct in public. After breaking apart with ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres in August 2000, Heche dropped by a stranger’s dwelling in Fresno. She deserted her automotive and, carrying solely shorts and a bra, spoke of God and a spaceship to heaven.

On Monday, DeGeneres had little to say about her former associate’s accident and her present situation.

“We’re not in touch with each other, so I wouldn’t know,” the comic advised the Day by day Mail’s photographer when approached in Santa Barbara.

The previous discuss present host was amongst some Hollywood figures reacting to Heche’s automotive crash. On social media, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell and Heche’s ex-boyfriends James Tupper and Thomas Jane shared nicely needs for the actor.

On Twitter, Rosanna Arquette mentioned Heche “clearly was in a crisis.”

On Thursday, Lifetime’s govt vp and head of programming, Amy Winter, addressed Heche’s accident and the actor’s upcoming movie for the community, “Girl in Room 13.”

“Anne remains in critical condition, and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected,” Winter mentioned throughout Lifetime’s presentation on the Tv Critics Assn. press tour. “We hope that her friends and family stay strong during this difficult time.”

Heche had been scheduled to look on the TCA panel. “Girl in Room 13,” directed by Elisabeth Röhm, continues to be on monitor for launch in September.

Occasions workers author Nardine Saad contributed to this report.