The coroner’s office says actor Anne Heche died of burns and inhalation injuries after the car caught fire in a car crash and ruled the death an accident.
LOS ANGELES – Actor Anne Heche died of inhalation injuries and burns after her car caught fire in a car crash and the death was ruled an accident, according to coroner’s findings released Wednesday.
Heche, 53, also suffered a fractured sternum caused by “blunt trauma”. Information On the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s website.
A full autopsy report is still being completed, the coroner’s office said.
Emmy-winning film and television actor He was taken off life support on Sunday. at the Burn Center. She was injured when her car jumped a curb and crashed into a West Los Angeles home on Aug. 5. The car and the house caught fire. Only Heche was injured.
According to a statement released by his family and friends last week, Heche suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” caused by a lack of oxygen.
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He was declared brain dead but kept on life support until his organs could be donated.
Detectives investigating the crash said drugs were found in a blood sample taken from Heche. However, the police declared him brain dead and ended the investigation.
The coroner’s office listed Aug. 11 as his date of death.
Heche first appeared on the NBC soap opera “Another World” in the late 1980s before becoming one of Hollywood’s most popular stars in the late 1990s. She was a regular on magazine covers and in big-budget films alongside actors including Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford.
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