UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 11:30 p.m. — Those closest to Anne Heche, 53, said late Thursday that she is not expected to survive the night due to a brain injury she suffered in last week’s car accident. The actress has been in a coma since shortly after she crashed her mini-Cooper into a Mar Vista home last Friday. Her publicist released the following statement:
On Behalf of Family and Friends of Anne Heche:
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.
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.
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.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12— Anne Heche, who has been in a coma since shortly after she crashed her mini-Cooper into a Mar Vista home last Friday, had cocaine in her system at the time of the accident, according to TMZ.
The outlet cited Los Angeles Police Department sources on Thursday who said the department “has tested the blood they drew after Anne was admitted to the hospital” and found the actress was “under the influence of cocaine.”
Analysis also detected the possible presence of fentanyl, TMZ states, while cautioning that its sources say fentanyl is sometimes used as a pain medication legally in hospitals, therefore investigators need to conduct further testing to determine if the fentanyl was in Heche’s system at the time of the crash.
NBC News sought confirmation of TMZ’s report Thursday. “In preliminary testing,” LAPD said, “the blood draw revealed the presence of drugs,” however police could not “comment right now on presence of cocaine, fentanyl or alcohol at this time.”
LAPD added, “That will be determined by the second test.”
Heche, who has been in a coma and listed in critical condition with severe burns since the crash, is now facing possible charges.
“The case is being investigated as felony DUI traffic collision,” LAPD’s statement to NBC confirmed. It is a felony investigation “due to female in the house” who was “engulfed in flames,” police said.
The woman living in the home has been identified as Lynne Mishele.
Her lawyer, Shawn Holley, said in a statement, “Ms. Mishele is devastated by what happened to her on Friday—not only because she and her pets almost lost their lives, but because all of her property, including items of profound sentimental value, were destroyed.”
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