The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled that Anne Heche’s death was an accident, days after the death of the “Another World” actor and almost two weeks after her fiery and fatal car accident in Mar Vista.
Heche died from “smoke inhalation and thermal injuries,” the coroner’s office said. She also suffered a “blunt trauma sternum fracture” as a result of her car accident.
Heche was hospitalized with severe burns on August 5 after her car crashed into a home in Los Angeles’ Mar Vista neighborhood. The house caught fire as a result of the accident.
Heche, 53, suffered a severe brain injury due to lack of oxygen in his brain. She was pronounced brain dead on Thursday and legally dead on Friday.
Her body remained on life support to donate her organs until Sunday when a recipient was identified.
Los Angeles police officers confirmed to The Times that Heche was under the influence of a narcotic – cocaine – when she was involved in an accident with her car in Mar Vista. However, the LAPD dismissed the DUI investigation against the actress after her death.
“Any information or records requested prior to this turn of events will continue to be collected from formalities and included in the overall case,” Officer Norma Eisenman said in a statement. “If a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present them for examination.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-17/anne-heche-cause-of-death-coroner Anne Heche’s cause of death determined by coroner