American actress Anne Heish is not expected to survive, her family said, after a crash earlier this week in which her car caught fire, DPA reports.
She remains in a coma and has “severe anoxic brain injury”. “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Ann’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses,” they added.
Heish is on life support to determine if her organs are viable for donation, her family said in a statement.
The actress was hospitalized after crashing her car and causing a house fire in West Los Angeles on Friday. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, Heish’s car “burst into intense flames” after crashing into a two-story home, leaving the property “uninhabitable.”
Police said preliminary blood tests on the actress revealed the presence of drugs, but further testing is needed to rule out any substances taken under medical supervision at a hospital.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incident as a DUI related crime.
The 53-year-old actress, mother of two, starred in a number of films in the 1990s, including Six Days Seven Nights and Donnie Brasco. She is also known for her role in the series “Another World”, which won her an Emmy Award in 1991. She also participated in the remake of “Psycho” in 1998.
Ann Haishie had a relationship with actress and TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres, the BBC recalls.