Anne Heche was 'high on cocaine' when she crashed into home, claims report as actress declared brain dead
MAR VISTA, LOS ANGELES: Anne Heche's close friends have said they are afraid she is going to die from smoke inhalation after her car burst into flames following a horrific crash. The 53-year-old actress is now in a coma after the crash, which took place while she was "high on cocaine" recently. Cocaine was reportedly found in Heche's bloodstream after the crash, but she had not been drinking alcohol. She had been pictured with a bottle of vodka in her cup holder.
Her close ones now fear that smoke inhalation could kill her and are praying for a "miracle". "She is in a terrible condition. The smoke inhalation is life-threatening," a close friend of Heche told the Daily Mail. "It will be a miracle if she recovers from this and comes out of this coma." The friend added, "She needs everyone’s prayers. She is in the worst state you can imagine. Whatever you believe in, please pray for her, please."
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Heche has been pronounced brain dead and is being kept on a ventilator. It is being determined whether any organ not damaged in the crash can be donated. “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital,” a rep for Heche’s family and friends told Deadline.
"Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive," the rep added. "It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable. 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.”
Heche reportedly lost control of her car and ignited a fire that caused horrific burns on her body. She is in "extreme critical condition". It took as many as 59 firefighters and 65 minutes to "access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames" caused by the crash. "She will be in a coma for a long time and there are fears she could die because her lungs don't work on their own," an anonymous source said.
The crash is being treated by the LAPD as a potential felony considering the woman whose house the car crashed into suffered injuries. The woman, Lynne Mishele, was inside the house at the time. It is unclear how bad Mishele's injuries are. Sources told TMZ that Heche was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the crash. Heche is being treated at the Grossman Burn Unit, founded by the father of Dr Peter Grossman, Showbiz411 reported.