Update: Anne Heche died at 53 years old after being taken off life support.
On Friday, her family said in a statement that she was being kept on life support to determine if her organs could be donated.
She leaves behind two sons.
Mark Heim, al.com
Anne Heche is “not expected to survive,” according to a statement from her family and friends shared with CNN by a representative.
Heche remains hospitalized after crashing her vehicle into a Los Angeles home last week. She is suffering from a anoxic brain injury, which happens when the brain is deprived of oxygen.
“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 statement read. “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment that Heche, 53, is being investigated for a felony DUI traffic collision. Blood draw results showed the presence of narcotics; however additional testing is required to rule out what was given to her medically.
According to TMZ, LAPD sources tell us a blood test determined the actress was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl at the time of the crash.
Last Friday, Heche was driving a car that was traveling at a high speed when it ran off the road and collided with a residence that became engulfed in flames, Los Angeles Police Public Information Officer Jeff Lee told CNN.
This week, a spokesperson for Heche told CNN the actress suffered “significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation” and “burns that require surgical intervention.”
“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,” the statement continued.
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