© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Anne Heche attends the premiere of her film “The Tender Bar” at the TLC Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 12, 2021. REUTERS/Aude Guerrucci
By Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Anne Heche remained hospitalized in critical condition, comatose and connected to a ventilator on Monday, four days after being severely injured in a car crash in Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the artist said.
According to police, Heche, 53, was hospitalized shortly after the compact car she was driving lost control in a West Los Angeles neighborhood Friday morning, plowing into a house and bursting into flames. , according to the police.
No one inside the house was injured, but the impact set the house on fire, requiring dozens of firefighters to respond.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday said the cause and circumstances of the crash were still under investigation.
Michael McConnell, a member of the Los Angeles talent agency that represents her, Zero Gravity Management, said Heche has been in a coma and has not regained consciousness since the accident.
“At this point, she is in an extremely critical condition,” he told Reuters in a text message, adding that Heche “had severe lung damage that required mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgical intervention.” art.”
The Los Angeles Times quoted a Venice Beach store owner, Richard Glass, as recounting Heche’s visit to his shop shortly before the accident, describing her as “a sweet little girl.” when she bought a red wig on Friday morning.
Heche rose to fame for his Emmy-winning work on the daytime drama series “Another World” and went on to play other screen roles including the HBO series “Hung” and films such as “Wag the Dog” and “Cedar.” Rapids.”
She appeared in the tabloids in the late 1990s for her romantic relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres around the time DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. Following their split, Heche married cinematographer Coleman Laffoon, but they later divorced, and she spent a few years afterward in a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star in the show. short-lived TV show “Men in Trees”.