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Anne Heche’s death following a car accident has been ruled accidental by the coroner


Anne Heche’s death has been ruled an accident, more than a week after she was seriously injured in a violent car crash in Los Angeles, according to city records.

Heche, 53, died of inhalation and thermal injuries, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Department records. She also suffered a sternal fracture due to blunt trauma, records show. The day of his death was listed as August 11.

The actress was declared brain dead on the night of August 11, but was kept on life support for organ donation, and her heart was still beating, her rep said. She was peacefully removed from life support on Sunday, her rep said.

Actress Anne Heche poses at Variety’s 4th Annual Power of Women event in Beverly Hills, California on October 5, 2012.

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Heche was alone in her car on August 5 when she crashed into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, engulfing her car and the house in flames, according to Los Angeles police and firefighters. No one else was injured in the single-car crash, and the home’s resident and her pets were able to escape the fire unharmed.

She suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and was in a coma in critical condition following the accident, her family and friends said in a statement.

Heche was not expected to survive his injuries, his family said, noting that “it had long been his choice to donate his organs,” his family said.

Results of a blood test taken after the crash showed Heche had narcotics in his system, but further testing was underway to learn more about the drugs and to rule out any that may have been present based on the drugs administered at the hospital, according to the Los Angeles police,

Investigators told ABC News that no alcohol was detected in Heche’s blood sample, although the blood draw took place several hours after the crash.

LAPD investigators told ABC News on Aug. 12 that the criminal investigation has ended due to the latest developments in his condition.

Heche is survived by his two sons.

“My brother Atlas and I have lost our mom,” her eldest son, Homer, said in a statement Friday. “After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep and inexpressible sadness. I hope my mother will not suffer anymore and will begin to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.”

“Rest in peace mom, I love you,” he said.

ABC News’ Alex Stone and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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