Anne Heche remains in critical condition after crash

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On Friday, Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress, Anne Heche was removed from her burning blue Mini Cooper after the 53-year-old actress plowed into a Mar Vista residence, which ignited a fire that took 59 firefighters and 65 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which caused major damage to the home. The resident of the home was present, but not injured.

TMZ reported that Heche was “flailing wildly as they put her in the ambulance” after she was removed from her burning vehicle. Prior to crashing into the home, Heche narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian who was walking on a sidewalk in the same neighborhood. Shortly after missing the pediestian, Heche’s car struck a Jaguar and then she struck a nearby garage before putting her car in reverse and barreling away from onlookers, leaving the scene of the accident with her tires squealing. The driver of the Jaguar was not injured. 

Shortly before the accidents and near miss, Heche was wig shopping in Venice Beach and snapped a selfie with the store owner, Richard Glass, owner of Glass Hair Design in Venice, who happily posted the pic on his Instagram, tagging the actress:


Heche played Marley Love/Victoria Hudson on the soap opera Another World from 1984 to 1992 before she spread her wings to pursue the big screen. After many appearances in many projects, she appeared as Maggie in the Academy Award-nominated 1997 film Donnie Brasco opposite Johnny Depp as Brosco. 

Her performance in Donnie Brasco earned her a leading role in Six Days Seven Nights opposite Harrison Ford. Around the same time, Heche publicly dated Ellen DeGeneres which catapulted the two of them into the pop culture spotlight as Hollywood’s first lesbian power couple. 

Heche has maintained a career in Hollywood with recurring roles in TV shows such as Ally McBeal, Everwood, Nip/Tuck, Men in Trees, Hung, Save Me, and Chicago P.D., just to name a few. She currently has several projects in post-production as well. 

After the crash, Heche was taken to a nearby hospital where she was intubated. On Saturday, Heche’s best friend and podcast partner Heather Duffy issued a statement stating, “Anne is currently in stable condition. Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time.”

Since then things appear to have changed for the worse and her updated status is that she’s in “critical condition. Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma,” her spokesperson said. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”

According to multiple news outlets LAPD obtained a warrant to test Heche’s blood for intoxication at the time of the crash. Heche could face misdemeanor hit-and-run and DUI charges depending on the outcome of the blood sample toxicology report. LAPD public information officer Annie Hernandez says the investigation is ongoing, but its direction won’t be determined until the results of the blood test, which could take weeks.

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