Anne Heche’s official cause of death has been revealed, us weekly can confirm.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Heche died of smoke and thermal injuries. She was 53 years old.
The manner of her death was listed as an accident, noting that a “sternal fracture due to blunt trauma” was another “critical condition” from the tragic car accident in which she was involved on Friday, August 5. Was.
men in trees The actress was declared legally dead, on Friday 12 August, after a raging car accident a week ago left her in critical condition.
“According to California law, Anne is legally dead,” a representative for Heche told We those days. “His heart is still beating and he has not been taken off the life support system. This is to give the OneLegacy Foundation enough time to find recipients who will be a match.”
He died a week after the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed We that Heche was done part of an accident that happened as she was speeding east on Preston Way in Los Angeles.
blue mini cooper ran off the road and collided Around 11 p.m. PT Preston and a house at Walgrove, the latter burst into flames and resulted in serious burns to the actress. A woman, who was at home at the time, was in the backyard at the time of the collision and was not injured.
The next day, the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed in a video update that the car drove 30 feet into the two-story home, which was deemed unsafe to enter after the fire was extinguished. It took 59 firefighters an hour to douse the fire.
At the time, LAFD reported that the Ohio native was conscious and able to speak with firefighters while she was taken to a trauma center. Although, things took a turn for the worse On Monday, August 8, when Heche faced “A” significant pulmonary injury Requires mechanical ventilation” which left him in a coma.
On Friday, the actress’s rep issued a statement honoring her legacy.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kindest and most joyous soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” the representative said on behalf of Heche’s family and friends. “Anne will be sorely missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her distinguished body of work and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery to always stand in the truth, spread her message of love and acceptance has an impact lastingly.” Will remain from
hung The star was born in Ohio in 1969, giving her her first big break portraying twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in the soap opera. another world From 1987 to 1991. The role won her the Daytime Emma Award. He then found success on the big screen by landing feature roles. Volcano (1997), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), six days, seven nights (1998) and more.
Off screen, Heche also made headlines starting with their three-year relationship Ellen Degeneres In the 90’s. The pair dated for three years before leaving in 2000 it remains the actress left coleman laphoonwho served as a cameraman for the 64-year-old DeGeneres on her stand-up tour.
The two tied the knot in September 2001 and welcomed a son, Homer, in 2002. Their split in 2006heche started dating her men in trees co-star james tapper And the two welcomed their son, Atlas, in 2009. In 2018, the two called it quits after a decade together.
Following his death, Tupper, 57, took to Instagram to pay tribute to his longtime ex. “Love you forever,” the actor wrote alongside a picture of Heche.