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Anne Heche's official cause of death revealed

Anne Heche died from smoke inhalation and burns sustained in a car accident on August 5th.

The LA County coroner cited a sternum fracture from blunt force trauma as a contributing factor to her death, which was ruled to be accidental.

According to the National Institutes of Health, sternum fractures are caused by a person's chest hitting a steering wheel and are slightly more prevalent in female drivers.

Heche was declared brain dead on August 12th and taken off her life support on August 15th.

She and her loyal friend. Anne will be sorely missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and passionate advocacy," a rep for the actress told us at the time. 16} "Her courage to always stand up for her truth and spread a message of love and acceptance will continue to have a lasting impact." By keeping her on a retainer, One Legacy was able to determine if she was suitable for organ donation.

The "Men in Trees" actress crashed a car into her home in the Marvista neighborhood of Los Angeles on Aug. 5.