Anne Heche remained hospitalized, on a ventilator to help her breathe and faced surgery Tuesday, four days after the actor was injured in a fiery car crash.
On Aug. 5, Heche’s car smashed into a house in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles’ westside. Flames erupted, and Heche, who was alone in the car, was pulled by firefighters from the vehicle embedded in the house. It took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to douse the flames, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
“Shortly after the accident, Anne became unconscious, slipping into a coma and is in critical condition,” spokeswoman Heather Duffy Boylston said in an email to The Associated Press. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”
Heche’s manager Michael McConnell told USA TODAY Monday that Heche was in “extreme critical condition.”
“She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident,” McConnell said.
Heche is being investigated for drugs and/or alcohol to determine if either was a factor in the vehicle crash. A warrant was issued Friday by the Los Angeles Police Department to do a toxicology blood test on Heche, 53, Officer Annie Hernandez told USA TODAY Monday.
“The investigation is pending based on the results,” Hernandez added.
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TV video showed a damaged blue Mini Cooper Clubman being towed as firefighters put a woman in an ambulance.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a news release that the vehicle struck a two-story home, causing “structural compromise and erupting in heavy fire.”
Anne Heche talked ‘bad days’ in podcast episode released a day before car crash
Heche detailed having a bad day to Duffy on their “Better Together” podcast, released the day before the crash. The episode was recorded Tuesday, several days before it was aired, podcasting company Straw Hut Media told to USA TODAY.
The episode titled “Just the 2022 of Us” was removed from streaming services following the crash due to “inaccurate reporting that the episode was recorded on the day of the accident,” Straw Hut Media rep Ryan Tillotson said. It is still posted on the Straw Hut website.
On the podcast, Heche said she had “a very unique day.”
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“I don’t know what happened, sometimes days just suck, and I don’t know if you ever have them. … Some days are those no good very bad days. And I don’t know why some days just end up like this, and things don’t really rock me like that.”
Heche and Duffy were drinking during the podcast, sharing that they “each have a bottle (of vodka) in front of us.”
Contributing: Lynn Elber, The Associated Press; Charles Trepany, Kim Willis and Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY