Anne Heche had no illegal drugs, alcohol in system at time of accident: Coroner

Anne Heche, here March 12, 2022, had no illegal drugs in her system at the time of the fatal crash. (Photo: Reuters)

There is no evidence that Anne Heche was impaired by illicit substances when she crashed her car into a Los Angeles residence on Aug. 5, despite reports suggesting otherwise.

Yahoo Entertainment obtained Heche’s final autopsy report which includes the toxicology results. The actress’s blood tested at the hospital showed the presence of benzoylecgonine, an inactive metabolite of cocaine. That indicates past use, the Los Angeles medical examiner confirms. The results also showed prior use of marijuana, but not at the time of the injury. No alcohol was detected in Heche’s system either. Speculation that the actress was intoxicated at the time of the crash was fueled by an image that appeared to show a bottle of liquor in the front seat of her vehicle.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman earlier told Yahoo Entertainment that Heche was under investigation for a felony DUI traffic accident before she was taken off life support. The results of the blood draw showed the presence of narcotics; however further tests were needed to rule out what she had been medically administered. The final toxicology report states that the fentanyl detected in Heche’s urine was administered at the hospital.

The coroner ruled that Heche died of inhalation and thermal injuries. She was trapped in her Mini Cooper for about 30 minutes before being rescued by first responders. The official report lists sternum fracture due to blunt trauma as another “significant condition”.

Heche was hospitalized soon after the violent car crash. She slipped into a coma and was pronounced brain dead days later, but she was kept alive so her organs could be donated. Her date of death is listed as August 11. She was 53 years old.

The Six days, seven nights star is survived by her two sons, 20-year-old Homer Laffoon, whose father is the ex-husband of Heche Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, and Atlas, 13, whose father is the actress Men in trees co-star James Tupper.

After a court battle, Homer was made general manager of the Heche estate. The Call me crazy the author died without a will. Tupper, 57, was seeking control of her property and his finances as she swore in court that’s what Heche wanted. The Vendetta the actor argued that Homer was unable to handle his late mother’s affairs. Tupper’s motion to make him guardian ad litem of the Atlas legacy was also denied.

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