Anne Heche Cause of Death Revealed

Anne Heche's cause of death has been ruled an accident by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Following the actress' car crash on August 5, the coroner has said that she died as a result of inhalation of smoke and thermal injuries.

The 53-year-old, who starred in Donnie Brasco and Volcano, was "peacefully taken off life support" nine days after the crash.

The coroner ruled her manner of death to be an accident and also noted that a "sternal fracture due to blunt trauma" was another "significant condition."

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Anne Heche attends an event at Studio 54 in New York City on April 29, 2019. The actress died as a result of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, a coroner has said. Getty Images

Sternal fractures are the result of motor vehicle collisions in 60 percent to 90 percent of cases, according to Physiopedia.

Heche's car was reported to have sped out of control before crashing into a house and bursting into flames in Mar Vista, Los Angeles.

Paramedics rushed Heche to the hospital but she remained in a coma and succumbed to a severe anoxic brain injury on August 12, when she was declared legally dead according to Californian law.

An anoxic brain injury is caused when the brain is completely deprived of oxygen. It is a condition that can lead to severe disability, coma and death.

On the day after the crash Heche's representatives said she was in a stable condition but on August 8 it was revealed that her condition was critical and she had been unconscious since the crash. Recent reports said she was being kept on life support to determine if her organs were viable for donation.

"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," Heche's representatives said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. "Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact."

Heche is survived by her two children: Atlas, 13, whom she shares with ex-James Tupper, and Homer, 20, whom she shares with ex-husband Coley Laffoon.

Her son Homer shared his own words of grief in a statement obtained by Newsweek.

"My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully, my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.

"Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer."