Actress Anne Heche will be taken off the ventilator on Sunday after health officials find suitable organ recipients.
Heche, 53, spent a week on a ventilator after a crash on Aug. 5 in which her blue Mini Cooper broke into a Los Angeles home and suffered severe anoxic brain and lung damage from smoke inhalation.
She was pronounced brain dead on Friday, a week after the crash, meaning one person has died in California, though she was kept alive to preserve her organs, as authorities tried to find people to use.
Surgeons are now ready to remove multiple organs, unnamed sources say TMZ on Sunday, although they didn’t reveal which or how much.
As a result, TMZ reports, Heche would be taken off a ventilator on Sunday, more than a week after spending half an hour in her fiery car as 59 firefighters tried to rescue her.
Heche is survived by her sons Homer and Atlas.
Anne Heche, 53, was to be taken off the ventilator on Sunday after health officials found suitable organ recipients
Heche had been on a ventilator for more than a week after her blue Mini Cooper crashed into a Los Angeles home and suffered severe anoxic brain and lung damage from smoke inhalation. She is pictured here being carried on a stretcher
Authorities say Heche first crashed into a garage, then drove away from the crime scene and drove 90 mph into Lynne Mishele’s two-storey home, who suffered serious enough injuries that police opened a felony investigation.
The terrifying video shows how the actress drives into a busy road at high speed just before the accident.
It took 59 firefighters more than an hour to put out the burning house – and half an hour to get Heche out of the fiery car, which exploded in the crash.
A small bottle of vodka was pictured in Heche’s car, but preliminary blood tests done after she was hospitalized found no alcohol in her system.
And the tests also showed fentanyl, but because hospitals also use fentanyl for pain relief, it is currently unclear whether it was in her bloodstream during the accident.
The actress turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the psychological effects of her traumatic childhood, during which she was sexually abused by her secretly gay father, who later died of AIDS.
On Thursday, Heche’s team announced she would “not survive” the injuries she sustained in the crash, and the next day her family released a statement saying she was now considered dead.
Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend.
Anne will be deeply missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work and her passionate advocacy.
“Her courage to always stand in her truth and spread her message of love and acceptance will have a lasting impact.”
A small bottle of vodka was pictured in Heche’s car, but preliminary blood tests done after she was hospitalized found no alcohol in her system. However, it did show that she had cocaine and fentanyl in her system at the time the blood was drawn at the hospital.
Authorities say Heche stormed into a two-storey house in Mar Vista at 90 mph . on Aug
The impact of the crash caused a major fire, which required 59 firefighters per hour to extinguish
The Los Angeles Fire Department said the crash caused “structural compromises and a blaze of intense fire.” Heche’s Mini Clubman can be seen here in the aftermath
In the aftermath, the Los Angeles Police Department announced it was closing the crime investigation into the crash.
“As of today, no further investigative efforts will be made in this matter,” the LAPD said in a statement.
“Any information or records requested by authorities prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and will be included in the overall case. When a person suspected of a crime dies, we do not consider it.’
They explained to Peoplethis means ‘no further investigative efforts will be made in this matter’, but ‘any information or records requested prior to this course of action will still be collected once they come in as a matter of formality.’
A neighbor’s video of the aftermath of the crash shows smoke billowing from Mar Vista’s home as firefighters continue to fight the blaze
The house was eventually deemed unlivable, leaving Lynne Mishele without her belongings
Fortunately, Mishele was in a separate part of the house with her dogs when the accident happened that morning
The house Heche crashed into on August 5 is owned by Jennifer Durand, but was rented out by Lynne Mishele.
Fortunately, Mishele was in another part of the house when the crash happened and she escaped unharmed, along with her two dogs Bree and Rueban and her pet turtle Marley.
But the crash made the house unlivable as it compromised the structural integrity of the building and Mishele was forced to vacate the house immediately after the crash.
In addition to losing the house, Mishele also lost “all of her life’s belongings, mementos, all the equipment for her business, including her laptop and iPad, all her clothes and basic necessities,” according to a GoFundMe set up for her.
“With the help of the fire department, she was able to retrieve some damaged sentimental belongings from the wreckage. Everything else is gone.’
Mishele was photographed watching in disbelief as her life’s work erupted in a fireball after the actress ripped through it at breakneck speed.
She was seen outside on the sidewalk with her hands in her pockets, looking stunned as firefighters battled the massive blaze, which took an hour to extinguish.
But in a video statement on Instagram, Mishele expressed her grief for Heche and her family.
“The news of Anne Heche’s passing is devastating,” she said in the video.
“Her family and friends and especially her children have suffered a really great loss and my heart goes out for them.
“This whole situation is tragic and there are really no words for it. I send love to all involved.’
Lynne Mishele, who rented the house, later released a video statement expressing her sadness at Heche’s death
Meanwhile, Heche’s ex-husband, Coley Laffoon, broke his silence on Heche’s death in a video statement on Saturday.
In the video, posted to his Instagram, Laffoon says: “After Anne passed away, I wanted to say a few things: first, I love her and I miss her, and I always will. Two, Homer is fine.’
“He’s grieving, of course, and it’s hard, it’s really hard, anyone can imagine that,” Laffoon continued. “But he’s surrounded by family and he’s going to be fine.
“So to all those people checking in, thank you for checking in, showing your heart, offering prayers and everything.
‘It is so beautiful. Thank you.
“It’s hard for me, it’s hard for me, it’s hard for my family, it’s very hard for Homer, but we have each other and we have a lot of support and we’ll be fine.”
Laffoon added that he believes that “Anne is free from pain and enjoys her experience no matter what follows on her journey.
“She came in warm and she had a lot to say and she was brave and fearless, loved very much and was never afraid to let us know what she thinks and what she believed in,” he noted.
“It was all about love, so goodbye, Anne.
‘I love you, thank you for the good times, there were so many.
“And in the meantime, I’ve had our son, and he’ll be fine.”