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Ellen DeGeneres’ ex Anne Heche seen with red wig in haunting last picture taken only minutes before fatal car crash

A HAUNTING last image of Anne Heche shows the actress posing with a red wig just 21 minutes before she was involved in a high-speed crash.

The tragic star - who died Friday - visited a hair salon in Venice Beach last week where she reportedly bought the $125 wig.

Anne Heche was pictured just minutes before she was involved in a high-speed crashCredit: Instagram
The actress did not survive the horror smash after a serious brain injuryCredit: BackGrid

Less than half an hour later, her car smashed into a house in Los Angeles, leaving her with a serious brain injury.

Pictures taken moments before the crash appear to show the red wig in the seat of her car.

Heche was declared brain dead on Friday - which California law deems to mean legally dead - but she has been kept on life support over the weekend so that her organs can be donated.

Heche's family on Friday paid tribute to the star after her death.

Los Angeles Police Department officials told TMZ that the actress was under the influence of cocaine and possibly fentanyl when the crash occurred.

Salon owner Richard Glass shared the last picture of the star on Instagram shortly before the crash, writing: "So I met @anneheche today and she purchased a #redwig so random..

"I love #venicebeach #actress #director #mom #celebrity #lifestyle."

Glass later told Entertainment Tonight she did not seem impaired when they met, adding: "She was very, very cordial. Very personable and very polite."

The business owner said he'd gone back to work after posting the pice when his "alert went off".

Glass added: "From there I see she was in a crash. And I'm like floored. I’m like 'oh my gosh' and I'm just praying I hope she’s okay.” 

Heche, who dated Ellen DeGeneres, suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury,” her family said in a statement.

“She is not expected to survive,” the statement said.

“It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”

Earlier Thursday, police said they were investigating Heche for driving under the influence.

Detectives with a search warrant took a sample of her blood and found narcotics in her system, LAPD spokesperson Officer Jeff Lee said.

Toxicology tests, which can take weeks to complete, must be performed to identify the drugs more clearly and to differentiate them from any medication she may have been given for treatment at the hospital.

Anne was reportedly driving at speeds of up to 90mph before the crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

Video footage showed Anne appearing to speed down a residential street in her blue Mini Cooper.

A neighbor claimed that he heard Anne plow into the garage of an apartment complex while numerous residents rushed to her aid.

But Anne instead ignored their attempts to help and put the car in reverse before zooming off again, onlookers claimed.

She then careered through a hedge and slammed into a nearby home before the house and her Mini Cooper burst into flames.

Some 59 firefighters were left battling the "stubborn flames" for 65 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Dramatic photos of the wreckage showed her mangled vehicle being towed after Anne was dragged out of the flaming car by firefighters.

She was seen on a stretcher before she was rushed to the hospital around 11am local time.

Heche, 53, was among the most prominent film stars in Hollywood in the late 1990s.

She starred alongside Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco and Harrison Ford in Six Days, Seven Nights.

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

“Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love,” Thursday’s statement said.

“She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

Heche, who dated Ellen DeGeneres, suffered a 'severe anoxic brain injury'Credit: AFP