LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Anne Heche died of inhalation and burn injuries after her fiery car crash and the death was ruled an accident, according to coroner’s findings released Wednesday.
Heche, 53, also had a fractured sternum caused by “blunt force trauma,” according to information on the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s website.
A full autopsy report was still being completed, the coroner’s office said.
The Emmy-winning film and TV actor was taken off life support at a burn care center on Sunday. She was injured when her car jumped a curb and slammed into a West Los Angeles home on August 5. The car and the house caught fire. Only Heche was injured.
Heche suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” caused by a lack of oxygen, according to a statement released last week on behalf of his family and friends.
She was declared brain dead but was kept on life support until her organs could be donated.
Detectives investigating the crash said narcotics were found in a blood sample taken from Heche. However, the police ended their investigation after she was declared brain dead.
The coroner’s office listed August 11 as the date of his death.
Heche first rose to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” in the late 1980s before becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest stars in the late 1990s. She was a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget movies opposite actors such as Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford.
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