Actress Anne Heche had cocaine and more drugs in her system at the time of the deadly car crash in early August, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Blast.
According to records, the "Six Days, Seven Nights" actress died from "inhalation and thermal injuries" along with a "sternal fracture due to blunt force trauma." Heche was rushed to the hospital after crashing her vehicle into a home, which resulted in a massive fire.
Unfortunately, Heche was unable to survive the injuries sustained from the impact of the car crash. Her death was ruled an accident.
Anne Heche Had Burns Covering 12% Of Her Body, Autopsy Report Reveals
In an autopsy report obtained by The Blast on Tuesday, December 6, the toxicology report showed the presence of benzoylecgonine, an inactive metabolite of cocaine. This means that there was no evidence of impairment by illicit substances at the time Heche crashed the vehicle.
Cannabinoids were detected in a urine sample collected during the autopsy but were not present in her bloodstream. This means that she had consistently used them prior to the crash, but not during the fatal car accident.
Although the "Volcano" actress had fentanyl in her bloodstream, it was given to her after she had received treatment at the hospital.
According to the report, the 53-year-old actress was driving in Los Angeles, California, when she crashed her vehicle into a home. The house caught fire, leaving Heche trapped inside her vehicle for approximately thirty minutes before first responders were able to remove her from the wreckage. Heche was then transported to UCLA Ronald Reagan emergency room where she was treated for first and second-degree burns.
According to a urine toxicology report that was taken at that time, cocaine, cannabinoids, benzodiazepines, and fentanyl were found in her bloodstream. She was then transported to West Hills Medical Center and placed in the ICU on August 8. The following day, she underwent surgery and grafting on her face, neck, chest, arms, and legs.
Unfortunately, a CT scan of her brain showed diffuse hypoxic injury with evidence of herniation, and she was pronounced brain dead on August 11, 2022.
Heche Left Behind Two Sons: Homer and Atlas
The “Spread” actress left behind two children: Homer Laffoon and Atlas Heche Tupper. She had previously been married to actor Coleman Laffoon from 2001 until 2009.
In a short statement following her passing, her son Homer said, “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mum. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully, my mum 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,” he continued, referring to the time that Heche was in the hospital. “I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmum Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mum, I love you, Homer.”
Unfortunately, her 20-year-old son was recently locked in a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend, James Tupper, over who would gain control over her assets and estate, as she passed away without a will.
Homer Awarded Control Of Anne Heche's Estate After Legal Battle With Ex-boyfriend James Tupper
As The Blast previously reported, Homer has been in an ongoing legal battle with her ex-boyfriend, James Tupper. After she passed away, the two have been arguing over who will take control of her estate. Although Heche died without a will, the court granted Homer authority over his late mother’s estate.
A month after her passing, Tupper claimed that Heche asked him to take control of her assets in the event of her untimely passing in an email dated over ten years ago. According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, the court sided with Homer, and he can now “take possession of all the personal property of the estate of the decedent and preserve it from damage, waste, and injury.”
At this time, Homer is expected to move her property into a storage facility and take inventory of her items. He has also been given authority over the profits Heche’s estate will receive in the publication agreement of her upcoming book, “Call Me Anne,” which is scheduled for release in January 2023.