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Anne Heche Stays in Critical Condition After Automobile Crash


The actress Anne Heche remained in a coma, in critical condition and on a ventilator on Wednesday, five days after a automobile she was in crashed right into a home in Los Angeles, a representative said.

There had been no change in her condition since Monday, when a special representative, Michael A. McConnell, told Reuters that Ms. Heche had not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident on Friday.

“She has a major pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention,” Mr. McConnell said then.

Ms. Heche, 53, was critically injured on Friday when the Mini Cooper she was in crashed right into a two-story home within the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, causing severe damage and a hearth that took greater than an hour to extinguish, the authorities said.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman, Officer Norma Eisenman, confirmed earlier this week that Ms. Heche was involved within the crash. The authorities didn’t say that Ms. Heche was driving, but they did say that she was the automobile’s only occupant.

Ms. Heche was pulled from the automobile and brought to a hospital with “severe injuries,” the police said.

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It took 59 firefighters and greater than an hour to extinguish the fireplace that began after the crash, the Fire Department said.

Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department said on Wednesday that the reason behind the crash was a part of the investigation and that no charges had been filed. She said that after the crash, a warrant was obtained for a blood sample taken on the day of the crash.

“The investigation is ongoing pending the blood result,” Officer Cervantes said.

Ms. Heche began her profession in daytime television, playing good and evil twins on the NBC soap opera “One other World,” for which she won a Daytime Emmy in 1991 for outstanding younger actress in a drama series.

Within the late Nineteen Nineties, she appeared in several popular Hollywood movies, co-starring with Johnny Depp in “Donnie Brasco,” Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman in “Wag the Dog” and Harrison Ford in “Six Days Seven Nights.”

She had a three-year relationship with the comedian Ellen DeGeneres that led to 2000.

Ms. Heche had roles in several TV shows, including “Men in Trees” in 2006 and “Hung” in 2009. More moderen film credits include “The Better of Enemies” (2019), “The Vanished” (2020) and “13 Minutes” (2021). In 2020, she competed on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and was eliminated after 4 weeks.

Livia Albeck-Ripka contributed reporting.

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