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


  • Anne Heche never regained consciousness after her Aug. 5 car crash and was declared brain dead early Friday
  • Heche wanted to donate her organs and had been kept on life support to determine if any would be viable, her rep said
  • Her rep announced Thursday that she was "not expected to survive" after suffering a severe brain injury in the crash

Anne Heche has died following a car crash that put her in the hospital. She was 53.

In a statement to Page Six, Heche's rep confirmed that the "Psycho" actress passed away Friday, a week after she crashed her blue Mini Cooper into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles on Aug. 5 and caused it to catch fire.

"We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy," Heche's rep said. "Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact."

Heche never regained consciousness after the crash. Earlier Friday, she was officially declared brain dead, but doctors were keeping her heart beating so that One Legacy can determine if she's a match for organ donation, her team told the outlet.

On Thursday, Heche's rep said in a statement to People on behalf of her family that the actress was "not expected to survive" after suffering "a severe anoxic brain injury."

Heche had slipped into a coma shortly after the accident and remained in critical condition as of Thursday.

"It has long been her choice to donate her organs," Heche's rep said.

Heche's family, through her rep, also expressed their gratitude Thursday to those who sent "kind wishes and prayers" for the Daytime Emmy-winning actress' recovery and for the care shown by the staff and nurses at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital in the aftermath of the car crash.

Following the accident, the Los Angeles Police Department obtained a warrant to test Heche's blood, and test results reportedly showed that she was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the crash, according to Page Six.

The actress' blood test results came up positive for fentanyl as well, unnamed law enforcement sources told TMZ. However, the sources said that fentanyl may have been administered to Heche at the hospital as part of her medical treatment after the accident.

According to her test results, Heche was not under the influence of alcohol at the time, TMZ reported.

Heche is survived by two sons, Homer, 20, and Atlas, 13.

Heche rose to fame in the late '80s and '90s with her roles in the soap opera "Another World" (1987–1991), which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award, and the films "Volcano," "Wag the Dog," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Six Days Seven Nights" and the 1998 remake of "Psycho," according to People.

She is also known for her role in the 2004 film "Gracie's Choice," for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for best supporting actress, and the ABC romantic comedy series "Men in Trees," which aired from 2006 to 2008.

At the time of her passing, Heche had multiple projects in the works, including the horror-thriller "Full Ride" opposite Dermot Mulroney and a recurring role in "All Rise." She was also set to appear in Sam Levinson and The Weeknd's HBO show "Idol." She had just wrapped up filming Lifetime's "Girl in Room 13" in June.

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Anne Heche is competing on Season 29 of “Dancing with the Stars.” ABC/Frank Ockenfels