Anne Heche is not expected to survive a serious car accident that left her in a coma, her family said.
The US actress suffered a “serious anoxic brain injury” and is in a critical coma as a result of last Friday’s incident.
The 53-year-old was taken to the hospital after the crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.
It comes shortly after the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed to the PA news agency that the incident was being investigated as a traffic accident while under the influence (DUI).
An LAPD spokesman said preliminary blood tests revealed the presence of drugs in Heche’s system, but added that additional testing is needed to rule out substances that were administered at the hospital.
Hours later, a statement shared with PA on behalf of her family said the actress was on temporary life support.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and to thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses who cared for Anne at Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital,” the statement said.
“Unfortunately, as a result of her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and is in a critically comatose state. She is not expected to survive,” the statement said.
“It has long been her decision to donate her organs and she is being kept alive to see if any are viable.
The statement added: “Anne had a big heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit.
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“More than her extraordinary talent, she saw it as her life’s work to spread kindness and joy – especially to move the needle, to accept who you love.
“She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and will be greatly missed for her light.”
Heche is the former partner of US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres – the couple began dating in 1997 before splitting in 2000 – and is known for films such as Donnie Brasco, Cedar Rapids and the 1998 Psycho remake.
Pictures and video footage obtained by US media outlet TMZ after the incident showed Ms Heche at the wheel of a blue Mini Cooper, which was later pictured badly damaged at the scene.
The vehicle struck a two-story house and “erupted in a severe fire,” according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).
It took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to reach, contain and completely extinguish the persistent flames inside the badly damaged structure, according to an LAFD report.
Heche suffered a “substantial lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation” and “burns requiring surgical intervention,” a spokeswoman for the actress previously confirmed to the PA.
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