Ellen DeGeneres’ ex Anne Heche ‘not expected to survive brain injury and will be taken off life support’ after crash

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ACTRESS Anne Heche isn’t expected to survive a horror car crash as her family and friends have learned she is brain dead, a rep for the family said.

Ellen DeGeneres’ ex is being kept alive on a ventilator as those close to her are faced with the difficult decision to take her off life support.

An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department said that Anne’s blood work after the August 5 crash revealed the presence of narcotics.

A second test was expected to determine what drugs were reportedly in her system as the case was being investigated as a felony DUI traffic collision.

Anne is being kept alive until it’s determined whether any of her organs can be donated after Friday’s crash, Deadline reported.

“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,” a rep for Anne’s family said.

“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.”

‘HUGE HEART AND GENEROUS SPIRIT’

Anne’s rep went on to describe how the actress will be remembered after the tragedy.

They said: “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.”

Anne Heche suffered major injuries after she crashed her car into a house on August 5, 2022.

FIERY CRASH

Anne was reportedly driving at speeds of up to 90mph before the crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

Video footage showed Anne appearing to speed down a residential street in her blue Mini Cooper.

A neighbor claimed that he heard Anne plow into the garage of an apartment complex while numerous residents rushed to her aid.

But Anne instead ignored their attempts to help and put the car in reverse before zooming off again, onlookers claimed.

She then careered through a hedge and slammed into a nearby home before the house and her Mini Cooper burst into flames.

Some 59 firefighters were left battling the “stubborn flames” for 65 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A rep for Anne, 53, told TMZ: “Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma and is in critical condition.

“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”

Dramatic photos of the wreckage showed her mangled vehicle being towed after Anne was dragged out of the flaming car by firefighters.

She was seen on a stretcher before she was rushed to the hospital around 11am local time.

LIFE AS A STAR

Anne had recently wrapped filming a Lifetime movie titled Girl In Room 13 before the crash.

Anne and her former partner, talk show legend Ellen DeGeneres, were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples.

They dated from 1997 to 2000, when they amicably split.

Anne, who competed on Dancing With The Stars in 2020, has a 13-year-old son with her ex-husband, James Tupper.

James, who met the star while he was working as a cameraman, asked fans for their “thoughts and prayers” following Friday’s crash.

Anne is also mom to her 20-year-old son Homer from her marriage to Coley Laffoon.

Alongside her busy acting career, including a recurring role in All Rise on OWN, Anne co-hosted a podcast with Heather Duffy: Better Together with Anne & Heather.

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