Anne Heche Autopsy Reveals New Cause Of Death Details

By Matthew Creith | Updated

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Actor Anne Heche passed away this last August in a horrific car accident in Los Angeles, cutting short a life full of unbelievable performances that meant the world to her legion of fans. Heche died in a year that also took legendary actor/singers Olivia Newton-John and Angela Lansbury, as well as television icon Leslie Jordan, the latter of who also died while driving his vehicle in Los Angeles. Now, People is reporting that Anne Heche’s cause of death has officially been revealed via an autopsy performed on the actor, signifying that while she had used drugs prior to driving her car, it was an “anoxic brain injury” that caused Heche’s death.

The brain injury in question is a result of the car accident that Anne Heche was involved in when she drove her vehicle into the home of a Los Angeles resident going upwards of 80 miles per hour. The toxicology report of her autopsy came back showing signs of cocaine and marijuana use before she died, although the medical examiner does not believe Heche was under the influence at the time of her death. The actor drove her car into the home, causing a fire to erupt and burn her significantly, which added to the brain injury she suffered as a result.

Anne Heche was a fixture of the entertainment community for decades, successfully transitioning her acting skills from soap operas, mainstream television, and all the way to large-scale blockbuster films. She began her career on the popular series Another World where she played twin sisters Vicky Hudson and Marley Love earning her a Daytime Emmy Award in the process. She moved into more independent film roles before hitting it big with a performance alongside Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in 1997’s Donnie Brasco.

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Anne Heche in Six Days, Seven Nights

From there, it seemed that the sky was the limit for Anne Heche, as she took more parts in a variety of films and genres like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Six Days, Seven Nights, Volcano, and Wag the Dog. The actor’s personal life began to be hyper-focused in the media, as she dated comedian Ellen DeGeneres for several years, and their breakup caused controversy when Heche showed signs she wasn’t taking it well.

Heche wrote a memoir entitled Call Me Crazy and mentions this part of her life in the late 1990s to early aughts where she described a famous incident in which she traveled to Fresno, California and invited herself into the home of strangers calling herself “Celestia.”

The high-profile relationship and breakup between Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche stalled Heche’s career for a time, although she bounced back a few years later with a performance on the Broadway stage in which she was nominated for a Tony Award for the play Twentieth Century. Heche starred on the ABC television show Men in Trees with future husband James Tupper, and the two were married for over a decade until they divorced in 2018. At 53 years old when Anne Heche died, she had amassed a lengthy career in the film, television, and Broadway industries, and she is already sorely missed.