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Anne Heche in 'extreme critical condition' after crash, representative says

The actress crashed into a Los Angeles home, starting a fire that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to put out, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
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Anne Heche arrives at the 74th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, Saturday, March 12, 2022, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES — Actress Anne Heche is in "extreme critical condition" after crashing her car into a home in Los Angeles last week, a representative told Deadline, describing a prior statement that she was in stable condition as "inaccurate" to CNN.

Heche was hospitalized after the Friday morning crash, in which her car smashed into a Los Angeles home Friday and flames erupted, according to multiple reports.

"She has always remained in critical condition, slipping into a coma following the accident," a spokesperson for Heche told CNN Monday.3

The crash happened just before 11 a.m. in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, local officials said. According to CBS Los Angeles, the vehicle struck a two-story house and ignited both the car and the home. The house reportedly sustained heavy damage. 

The car came to rest inside the two-story house and started a fire that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to put out, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, Fox 11 reported.

A source close to Heche told CNN on Saturday that the actress is "lucky to be alive" and "has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead." 

Police are investigating the crash and are awaiting the results of a blood draw from Heche, CNN reports.

CBS LA obtained video showing Heche's blue Mini Cooper driving erratically, speeding down a residential street not long before the crash.

According to TMZ, Heche was involved in a second, minor crash prior to hitting the home. Witnesses told TMZ Heche crashed into an apartment complex garage, and when residents tried to help she sped off.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Heche, 53, is known for starring in the action-comedy film "Six Days, Seven Nights" and appearing on the soap opera "Another World," for which she won a daytime Emmy. She is set to appear on the upcoming HBO drama "The Idol." 

In the late 1990s she became one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget films. She co-starred with Johnny Depp in 1997's “Donnie Brasco”; with Tommy Lee Jones in 1997's “Volcano”; with Harrison Ford in 1998's “Six Days, Seven Nights”; with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998's “Return to Paradise,” and with an ensemble cast in the original 1997 “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000 heightened her fame and brought immense public scrutiny.

She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago P.D.” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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