Anne Heche cause of death released by Los Angeles County coroner

LOS ANGELES — Anne Heche’s death has been ruled an accident, caused primarily by smoke inhalation and fire, after she was involved in a burning car accident on Aug. 5, the Los Angeles County Coroner has determined.

The county on Wednesday released Heche’s official cause of death, listing her as “inhalation and thermal injuries,” while also noting that she sustained a fractured sternum from blunt trauma.

Heche’s date of death was given as August 11, when she was thought to be brain dead. Her body was kept alive until August 14 after a recipient for an organ donation was found.

Heche’s Mini Cooper was traveling at high speed through the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 5 when it appeared to lose control and crashed into a house. The car smashed into the walls of the home, narrowly missing a resident and her pets, and then caught fire.

She was initially hospitalized in critical condition with a severe brain injury and fell into a coma after the accident.

The Los Angeles Police Department later said Heche had narcotics in her system at the time of the crash.

The woman, who lives in the Mar Vista home, was not injured, but neighbors say she lost everything in the fire and crash. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her.

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