The final autopsy report of Ana Heche has revealed that she was unaffected, although there were traces of cocaine in her system, at the time of the actor’s death in California. car crash on August 5th.
“There was no evidence of impairment from illicit substances at the time of the accident,” Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner, said in a statement.
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Heche, 53, suffered life-threatening injuries after he drove his blue Mini Cooper into a Mar Vista home, starting a widespread fire. He later died of a “severe anoxic brain injury” that caused his brain to swell. She was declared legally dead on August 11 and was taken off life support two days later.
Heche was trapped in her vehicle for approximately 30 minutes before firefighters were able to get her out of hell. The autopsy report, which was released Tuesday, says Heche suffered first-degree burns on about 40 percent of her body.
Coroner’s officials wrote that there was no alcohol in Heche’s system at the time of the accident. However, trace amounts of benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine, were found in the actress’s blood.
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This meant that Heche had used cocaine in the past, but not at the time of the accident.
A toxicology report revealed the presence of fentanyl in Heche’s system, but the substance “was obtained after she received treatment at the hospital and is therefore compatible with therapeutic use.”
Cannabis was also discovered in a urine sample from Heche, but “it was not detected in the admission blood and is consistent with prior use, but not at the time of injury,” the report states.
Shortly after Heche was taken off life support, the coroner ruled her death a accident.
The woman who lived in the Mar Vista rental house where Heche crashed her car ever since sued the actor’s estate for $2 million. The woman lost her home and most of her possessions as a result of the accident, although she and her pets were physically unharmed.
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