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What is the official cause of the death of Anne Heche?

August 18, 2022 - Thursday 12:08 PM by Ice Martinez

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Anne Heche was declared brain dead on August 12 and taken off life support on August 15.

“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,” the actress’ rep told Page Six.

“Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.” She died at age 53.

According to the Los Angeles county medical examiner-coroner, Heche died of smoke inhalation and the thermal injuries she sustained in the fatal car crash on August 5. In addition, she suffered a sternal fracture due to blunt trauma contributing to her death, which was ruled accidental.

Sternal fractures result from a person’s chest striking the steering wheel, with a slightly higher prevalence in female drivers. 

On the afternoon of August 5, the Emmy winner crashed her Mini Cooper into an LA home in the Mar Vista village. The accident caused a fire.

The eyewitnesses said the actress first slammed into the garage of a nearby apartment complex before backing up and speeding off. Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic Division also confirmed that the Cooper hit another vehicle before ramming into the house that caught fire.

Heche’s rep said that the actress suffered a severe anoxic brain injury, a significant pulmonary injury that required mechanical ventilation, and burns that required surgical intervention. The actress got into a coma and never regained consciousness.