Anne Heche is "not expected to survive" after sustaining brain damage in a catastrophic vehicle accident, according to a statement released by her publicist to Yahoo Entertainment on Thursday night.
Heche, 53, smashed her blue Mini Cooper into a residence in the Los Angeles suburb of Mar Vista on August 5, igniting both the vehicle and the house.
"Unfortunately, as a result of her accident, Anne Heche sustained a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma and critical condition," said the family's statement.
After being brought to the hospital in severe condition, she never regained consciousness and has been on a ventilator ever since.
She is not expected to live, according to the statement.
"It has been her decision for some time to donate her organs, and she is being maintained on life support to determine if any are viable," added the family statement.
The family thanked friends and admirers "for their warm thoughts and prayers," as well as "the dedicated staff and amazing nurses who cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital."
The conclusion of the statement was, "Anne had an enormous heart and impacted everyone she encountered with her generosity. Over and beyond her exceptional talent, she viewed promoting kindness and happiness as her life's mission, especially advancing acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her brave candor and her light will be sorely missed."
The unfortunate news came hours after the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed an investigation into Heche's involvement in a felony DUI traffic collision. The warrant for her blood sample confirmed the presence of narcotics in her system.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the actress was under the influence of cocaine during the accident. Initial results indicated the presence of narcotics; however, additional testing is necessary to rule out the possibility that she was administered drugs for medicinal purposes.
The vehicle driven by Heche collided with a two-story home at 10:55 a.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that it took 59 firemen more than one hour to access, contain, and completely extinguish the persistent flames within the highly damaged structure, as well as to rescue a female adult found within the vehicle.
Lynne Mishele, whose house was damaged by the crash-caused fire, sustained minor injuries. Neighbors created a GoFundMe to assist her in replacing her entire lifetime of valuables, souvenirs, business equipment, clothing, and basic necessities.