Anne Heche is in a coma after a car accident that occurred on Friday, August 5, and the subsequent fire.
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“She is currently in extremely critical condition, she has serious lung damage requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgical intervention,” the 53—year-old representative of Heche told Us Weekly on Monday, August 8. “She is in a coma and did not regain consciousness shortly after the accident.”
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to us on Friday that the driver, whom they did not name, was allegedly speeding while driving east on Preston Way in Los Angeles. The blue Mini Cooper left the road when it entered the intersection of Preston and Walgrove. The car collided with a house in the 1700 block of Walgrove at about 11:00 Pacific time. One woman was at home, but was in the backyard and was not injured.
The car caught fire, the driver received severe burns. The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed in a video update Saturday morning that the car drove 30 feet into a two-story house where it was deemed unsafe after extinguishing the fire. It took 59 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the fire.
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The LAFD reported that the driver was conscious and able to talk to firefighters during treatment before being taken to the emergency room. In the photos taken by TMZ, you can see a man (whom the publication identified as Hech) in charred clothes on a stretcher and covered with a white cloth.
Initially, it was said that the All Rise star is stable. “Ann is currently in stable condition,” her representative told us on Saturday, August 6. “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and respect her privacy during this difficult time.”
Former Hech James Tapper, with whom she shares a son Atlas, 13, asked fans to convey the 53-year-old actress best wishes on Friday evening. “Thoughts and prayers for this beautiful woman, actress and mother tonight, Anneheche 💔 we love you,” the 57-year-old woman captioned a picture of Heche with her child.
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Colleagues on “People in Trees” met in 2006 and were together for more than a decade until they broke up in 2018. In addition to Atlas, Heche has a son Homer, 19, from ex-husband Coleman Laffoon.
Peter Thomas Roth, who was linked to Heche at the end of 2021, posted a tribute to the actress on Saturday, writing on Instagram: “My thoughts and prayers are with @anneheche for a speedy and complete recovery.”