LAPD ends investigation into Anne Heche car crash

The Hollywood actress is on life support for organ donation but has been declared legally dead

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Anne Heche (AP Photo)
Anne Heche (AP Photo)


Published: Sun 14 Aug 2022, 9:58 AM

Last updated: Sun 14 Aug 2022, 2:04 PM

The Los Angeles Police Department has ended its investigation into Anne Heche's car accident, when the actor crashed into a Los Angeles home on August 5.

“As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case," the department announced Friday. "Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and included in the overall case. When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present for filing consideration.”

Detectives looking into the crash had said narcotics were found in a blood sample taken from Heche. She has been hospitalized at a Los Angeles burn center.

Heche, 53, is brain dead and on life support, pending evaluation for organ donation.

Under current California law, death can be determined by the loss of all brain function and in accordance with accepted medical standards.

While Heche is legally dead, she's on life support and “her heart is still beating" so that the nonprofit organization OneLegacy can determine if she can be a donor, spokeswoman Holly Baird said in a statement.

The process, which involves assessing which organs are viable and finding an appropriate recipient, could take from one day to several days, Baird told The Associated Press.

In the US, most organ transplants are done after the donor has been declared brain-dead.

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