US actor Anne Heche is 'not expected to survive' after spending a week in a coma following a fiery car crash


  • Anne Heche's eldest son filed a petition to be named the "administrator" of his late mom's assets
  • Heche died last month after a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista neighborhood of L.A.
  • A hearing for Homer Laffoon's request would take place on Oct. 11

Emmy award-winning actress Anne Heche reportedly died without leaving a will behind, so her eldest son petitioned to administer his mom's personal assets.

Homer Heche Laffoon, the 20-year-old son of the deceased actress, filed before the Los Angeles County probate court on Wednesday a petition asking to be named "administrator" of his late mom's personal affairs. He did so to gain full authority to "collect, inventory, appraise and manage" Heche's assets following her sudden death due to a disastrous car accident last month, Rolling Stone reported.

The new court filing obtained by the same source indicated that the value of the "Another World" actress' personal estate remained "unknown." Laffoon, whom Heche shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon, confirmed that her only heirs were himself and his 13-year-old brother Atlas Heche Tupper, Heche's son with ex-husband James Tupper.

The hearing for the petition would reportedly take place on Oct.11.

The "Six Days and Seven Nights" star was declared brain dead several days after suffering from "[smoke] inhalation and thermal injuries compounded by a sternal fracture" when she crashed into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood, the Los Angeles Medical Examiner determined. The car crash also caused a massive fire.

Heche, who was 53, remained on life support until the family could find a compatible person to whom she could donate her organs.

"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 [whom] you love," a statement from her family read. "She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light."

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, Heche had driven her car at a "high speed" into a one-story home in the Los Angeles neighborhood.

"The car did leave the roadway at the T intersection and went up over the curb. It was airborne before it went into the house and was approximately 30 feet inside the small home when it came to a rest," Humphrey said, adding that the incident was reported at 10:56 a.m. Pacific Time on Aug. 5

Heche was rescued from the car crash, where 59 firefighters responded to the scene, and safely pulled her out after about 65 minutes, according to Deadline. The accident left her in critical condition.

Investigators speculated on Heche's condition before the accident as she was seen driving erratically and speeding in the neighborhood. Hence, this resulted in a request for a search warrant to collect a sample of her blood.

"The result does show narcotics. We still need additional testing to tell if anything administered at the hospital is showing up in her system," Los Angeles Police Officer Matthew Cruz later confirmed to Rolling Stone.

A final autopsy report has yet to be released by the authorities, as toxicology testing would reportedly last for weeks, the officials said.

Actress Anne Heche arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica