Anne Heche’s cause of death revealed – The Hollywood Reporter

Anne Heche’s cause of death has been revealed after her death following a car accident in Los Angeles earlier this month.

According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Heche died of “inhalation and thermal injuries.” The coroner’s report also listed a “sternal rupture from blunt force trauma” as a “major condition” at her death.

Her death is listed as an accident, with her death date posted on the report as August 11. Heche’s publicist previously told The Hollywood Reporter that the star was taken off the ventilator on August 14 after being in a coma for several days.

The coroner’s public information officer Sarah Ardalani said: THR that an inhalation injury is not necessarily specific to smoke, and that a thermal injury is a burn.

Heche’s Mini Cooper ran off the road on Aug. 5 and collided with a two-story home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, causing “structural compromises and a massive fire,” the LA Fire Department said.

She suffered burns and a serious anoxic brain injury as a result of the incident. Heche was later diagnosed as brain dead, which is legally dead under California law, but remained alive so her organs could be matched for donation, according to her representative.

The actress got her start on the soap opera An other worldwhich earned her a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991. She is also known for roles in the movies Donnie Brasco, Volcano, I know what you did last summer, Wagging the dog and Six days, seven nights. Her additional TV credits include: Men in trees and hunger.

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