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Anne Heche not impaired by drugs, alcohol in crash, says autopsy report

Anne Heche's final autopsy report shows the actress had no drugs or alcohol in her system when she crashed her car into a Los Angeles home in August. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Anne Heche's final autopsy report shows the actress had no drugs or alcohol in her system when she crashed her car into a Los Angeles home in August. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The final autopsy report for Anne Heche shows there were no active drugs in her system when the actress crashed her car in August, according to the Los Angeles Medical Examiner's Office.

The final toxicology report, released Tuesday, shows certain drugs were found in the Men in Trees and Wag the Dog star's system from prior use, but were determined to be inactive when Heche, 53, crashed her car at a high rate of speed into a Los Angeles home.

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A blood test at the hospital showed the presence of benzoylegonine, which is an inactive metabolite of cocaine indicating past use, according to the medical examiner.

"Cannabinoids were detected in the urine" but not in the blood test, which "is consistent with prior use but not at the time of injury," the report said.

Toxicology results also showed prior use of marijuana, but no alcohol at the time of the crash. There was also evidence of fentanyl, but that was determined to have been administered by the hospital.

The medical examiner's office declared Heche's death an accident in August, saying the actress died primarily from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

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Heche sustained a severe brain injury and burns in the fiery crash, slipped into a coma and never woke up.

She was taken off of life support two days after she was declared legally brain dead.

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