Anne Heche's cause of death revealed

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  • Anne Heche's death has been ruled an accident.
  • The actor crashed her car into a house in Los Angele two weeks ago, causing a fiery explosion.
  • She was pronounced legally dead last week before being taken off life support once an organ recipient was found.


Anne Heche died over the weekend after she was taken off life support and declared legally dead. The actor was 53 years old.

The star's accident sent shockwaves through the industry. She crashed her Mini Cooper into a home in Los Angeles a week before. The accident caused a fiery explosion, which left Heche in critical condition before she slipped into a coma.

The actor's death has since been ruled an accident, People reports.

According to records from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, the Six Days, Seven Nights star died from inhalation and thermal injuries stemming from a car crash, while other "significant conditions" contributed to her death, including a "sternal fracture due to blunt trauma".

Tributes came pouring in for the star following news of her death, including from ex Ellen DeGeneres, while a rep for the actor said in a statement: "Today we 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. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact."

READ MORE | Anne Heche's son speaks out after her death: 'I am left with a deep, wordless sadness'

*This article previously said "organ donor" instead of "organ recipient". The article has since been updated.


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