Anne Heche died of inhalation and thermal injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Her death was ruled an accident.
The official report lists a sternal fracture as a result of blunt force trauma as another ‘major condition’. Her date of death is listed as August 11, a day before a representative explained she had been declared “brain dead” and six days after the Six days seven nights actress crashed her car into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. Blood tests showed that she had narcotics in her system. She was 53.
The cause of death came to light when a neighbor’s emergency number was released. In the call, people can be heard screaming in the background as Heche’s blue Mini Cooper Heche went up in flames.
“Someone’s opening the back to see if we can get in,” the caller said, “because they’re a little stuck… in the car.”
Then someone saw the flames and cried, “fire!” Paramedics were able to get Heche out of the wreckage, but not before she was badly burned.
The Emmy-winning actress, whose credits also include the movies Donnie Brasco and Wagging the dogthe TV programs All rising and hungerand the play Twentieth century, for which she received a Tony nomination, fell into a coma shortly after being pulled from the wreckage. She remained on life support until her death.
Her survivors are two sons, 20-year-old Homer Laffoon, whose father is Heche’s ex-husband Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, and Atlas, 13, whose father is Heche’s ex-husband Coleman “Coley” Laffoon. Men in trees co-star James Tupper.