Anne Heche Dies One Week After Single-Vehicle High-Speed Crash Into House in Los Angeles

Actress Anne Heche at NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA Tour on July 14, 2014 (Mingle Media TV/CC BY 2.0)
Actress Anne Heche at NBCUniversal’s 2014 Summer TCA Tour on July 14, 2014 (Mingle Media TV/CC BY 2.0).

Actress Anne Heche has died on week after crashing into a woman’s house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. A friend of Heche, provided news of her death on Instagram.

Nancy Davis wrote on Instagram (@nancypeaceandlove): “Heaven has a new Angel. My loving, kind, fun, endearing and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared.

“Anne was always the kindest, most thoughtful person who always brought out the best in me … My heart is broken.”

Late Thursday, a spokesperson for Anne Heches’s family had indicated that Ann Heche was not expected to survive from her injuries that occurred in a crash on Friday, August 5, 2022 in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles — a few blocks from the Santa Monica Pier. The spokesperson provided that Heche suffered an anoxic brain injury — a brain injury due to lack of oxygen. Brain tissue is susceptible to permanent damage or tissue death without oxygen for four to six minutes or more.

“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.”

The rep also thanked everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery, and thank the dedicated medical staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.

Anne Heche was involved in a high-speed crash with a house at the end of a T-intersection. Helicopter video from FOX 11 showed that the occupant of the crash, unknown to be Heche at the time, endured heavy smoke exposure for seven or more minutes while firefighters rushed to extinguish a house fire that was ignited by the car crash, and rushed to extricate Heche from her Mini-Cooper. She also apparently suffered burns to her skin and to her airway.

Heche was extricated out the driver’s side of the Mini-Cooper immediately after the car was towed from the burning home from Los Angeles Fire Department’s Heavy Rescue 3 — a specialized tow truck with a rotator crane. Heche was covered in a white sheet on a gurney, but just before she was about to be loaded into the ambulance, she rose her upper body and head from the gurney and pulled the sheet away from her upper body. She appeared to be conscious as she was loaded into the ambulance. The white sheet cover may have been applied to prevent burn injuries from being exposed to contaminants during transfer to the ambulance, which ultimately would help prevent the high risk of infection from large surface area burn injuries.

Initially, a report indicated Heche was in stable condition. However, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said that Ann Heche was in critical condition at the hospital.

A resident of the home, who was at the home when the crash occurred was not injured. Earlier this week surveillance video was released that show Heche’s blue Mini-Cooper traveling at a high rate of speed, and audio captured by the video camera also captured the sound of squealing tires and the impact with the house.

Ring video caught the moments Heche’s blue Mini Cooper was speeding down a residential street prior to crashing into a home in Mar Vista (FOX 11 Los Angeles). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Earlier on Thursday police confirmed that narcotics were present in a blood test of Anne Heche; however, an additional blood test is being analyzed with the hope to rule out whether or not the test for narcotics was positive exclusively due to narcotics that may have been used as treatment for pain from injuries suffered in the accident, or whether illegal narcotics were also present in the blood prior to medical treatment.

There are media reports that Heche’s blood tested positive for cocaine, but cocaine is not pharmacologically considered a narcotic. However, cocaine is considered a narcotic under many federal and state drug controlled substances laws. Cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance The 1914 Harrison Narcotics Tax Act regulates opiates and cocaine. Cocaine also is used as a topical anesthetic or local anesthetic.

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