Anne Heche’s death ruled as ‘accident’ as actress died from ‘smoke inhalation’

Hollywood actress Anne Heche’s death has been officially ruled an accident revealed a coroner.

Anne was declared legally dead, aged 53, on August 12 after being taken off life support a few days after she was in a coma following a horrific car crash.

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On Wednesday (August 17), Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled the actress passed away from inhalation of smoke and thermal injuries.

The coroner revealed Anne experienced a "sternal fracture due to blunt trauma" after ploughing into a house at 90mph on August 5.

The actress’s life support machine was turned off on Sunday (August 14) after she suffered horrific burns in the collision in her Mini Cooper.

Earlier this week, Anne’s family released a statement that revealed it had “long been her choice to donate her organs if any are viable”.

A representative for Los Angeles Police said the department was investigating whether drug use contributed to the accident.

Blood tests revealed that the actress had cocaine and fentanyl in her system during the high-speed crash.

She was declared legally dead on August 12 after being in a coma for a week.

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Anne is survived by two sons, Homer, 20, and Atlas, 13.

Following her death, a representative for her family told TMZ: “We have lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.

“Anne will be deeply missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.

“Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Her celebrity ex Ellen DeGeneres was among those sharing their sadness as messages of condolence flooded in following news of her condition at the weekend.

The star, who dated Anne between 1997 to 2000, took to Instagram to write: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Anne is most recognised for portraying twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the soap opera Another World.


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