Anne Heche 'not expected to survive', to be taken off life support
- Anne Heche rose to prominence for her role in Another World, a soap opera that ran from 1987-1991
- She was the voice of the character Suyin Beyfong from Legend of Korra
- Heche was involved in a car crash on August 5, that left her with severe burns
American actress Anne Heche is being taken off life support by her family after doctors pronounced her brain dead, according to a report from Deadline. For now, she has been kept on ventilator until it can be determined which of her organs survived the crash and subsequent fire so they can be donated.
A representative of Heche's family and friends released a statement to Deadline saying that the actress had suffered "a severe anoxic brain injury" and that "she is not expected to survive."
“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. 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," the representative said in a statement to Deadline.
The actress who shot to fame for playing the role of the twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in the soap opera Another World from 1987 to 1991 was involved in two car crashes on August 5.
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In the first crash Heche, who was driving a Mini Cooper, crashed into a garage at an apartment complex before crashing into a house in the Mar Vista neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The car burst into flames and took 59 firefighters 69 minutes to put out the fire before the actress could be pulled out of the fire. The tenant of the house, Lynne Mishele, survived the crash after the car stopped two feet away from her.
On August 7, Heather Boylston, the co-host of Heche's podcast, told TMZ that the Emmy-award-winner had suffered severe burns from the fire but was expected to live.
A day later, on August 8, a representative for Heche told Deadline that the 53-year-old was in "extreme critical condition" and that she required surgery for the injuries and burns she sustained in the crash.
The same day, the Los Angeles Police Department obtained a warrant for a blood draw to determine if she was driving under the influence. On August 11, LAPD investigator Jeff Lee told CNN that the actress' blood showed "signs of impairment" and that the actress was being investigated for a felony traffic collision.