Anne Heche’s death was accidental after a fiery car accident

LOS ANGELES — Actor Anne Heche died of inhalation and burns following her fiery car accident and the death was deemed an accident, according to coroner’s results released Wednesday.

Heche, 53, also had a fractured sternum caused by “blunt trauma,” according to information on the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner website.

A full autopsy report was still being completed, the coroner’s office said.

The Emmy-winning film and television actor was killed in a burn center on Sunday. She was injured when her car jumped a curb on Aug. 5 and crashed into a home in West Los Angeles. The car and house caught fire. Only Heche was injured.

Heche suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” caused by a lack of oxygen, according to a statement released last week on behalf of her family and friends.

She was declared brain dead, but was kept alive until her organs could be donated.

Detectives investigating the crash had said narcotics had been found in a blood sample from Heche. However, the police ended the investigation after she was pronounced brain dead.

The coroner’s office listed August 11 as her date of death.

Heche first rose to prominence in the NBC soap opera “Another World” in the late 1980s before becoming one of the hottest stars in Hollywood in the late 1990s. She was a constant on the covers of magazines and in big-budget films, opposite actors like Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford.

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