Anne Heche 'Not Expected to Survive' Due to Severe Brain Injury After Car Crash, Says Rep
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Prior to this, a close friend of the Samantha depicter in 'Spread' said that the actress may be in a coma 'for weeks' due to the 'life-threatening' smoke inhalation following the fiery car crash.

AceShowbiz - Anne Heche is facing a grim prognosis. According to her representative, the former star of "Hung" is not expected to survive" due to a "severe" brain injury following a fiery car accident on Friday, August 5.

On Thursday, August 11, the 53-year-old actress' spokesperson released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of her family. "Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition," the rep stated, "She is not expected to survive."

"It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she's being kept on life support to determine if any are viable," the statement continued, before expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support and for the care shown for the actress in the aftermath of the devastating car crash.

"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," the statement added.

As for her legacy, "Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit," said the rep on behalf of the family. "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."

Earlier on Thursday, Anne's close friend told Daily Mail that the troubled actress may be in a coma "for weeks" as she is "in terrible condition" and that "the smoke inhalation is life-threatening." The friend added, "She needs everyone's prayers. She is in the worst state you can imagine. Whatever you believe in, please pray for her, please," noting that "only God can save her now."

Anne was in a blue Mini Cooper on August 5 that crashed into a Mar Vista home rented by Lynne Mishele. The residence caught fire, resulting in the Emmy-winning actress suffering burns from the incident. She was then intubated while hospitalized.

On Wednesday, August 10, officials escalated their investigation to a felony DUI after the woman whose home Anne crashed into claimed she was injured and needed medical assistance as a result.

More recently, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, Anne was under the influence of cocaine during the high-speed car crash. LAPD sources told TMZ that the department has tested the blood they drew after the "Spread" actress was admitted to the hospital.

In addition to cocaine, they found fentanyl in her blood. However, the law enforcement insiders noted that fentanyl in her blood could have been from treatment at the hospital, so they need to do more testing and investigation to determine if the fentanyl was in her system at the time of the crash.

LAPD sources also told the outlet that Anne's condition is "dire." The informants went on to explain that her condition "has not improved since she was admitted to the hospital."

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