Friends star Matthew Perry’s death was accidental due to ‘acute effects of ketamine,’ Los Angeles officials say | Ents & Arts News


Friends star Matthew Perry’s death was an accident due to the “acute effects of ketamine”, an autopsy has found.

Perrywho was best known for playing smart Chandler Bing in Friendswas found unresponsive in the swimming pool of this home on October 28 and pronounced dead at the age of 54 by paramedics at the scene.

Other contributing factors to his death included drowning, coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine (used to treat opioid use disorder), officials said.

A report from the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner stated that Perry was “receiving ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety,” with the most recent dose allegedly taken a week and a half before his death.

The report continued: “The ketamine in his system at the time of death could not be from that infusion therapy, as the half-life of ketamine is three-to-four hours or less.”

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Perry appeared in the popular American show, which is set in New York between 1994 and 2004.

Tributes poured in for Perry in the days following his death, including from his co-stars.

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Cast of Friends

Friends actors Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrowwas also among the 20 mourners at Perry’s funeral in the Hollywood Hills in November.

Perry was open about his struggles with substance abuse and addiction and set up a sober living facility for men with similar problems.

A fund has now been established to help others struggling with the disease of his memory.

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Perry in 2017

Aniston, who played Rachel Green in the sitcom, was among those calling to support the foundation, which was set up to “honour his legacy”.

Perry’s cause of death comes just days after Aniston revealed she had texted him on the morning of his death, describing him as “happy and healthy”.

“I want people to know that he was really healthy and that he recovered. He was hunting. He worked so hard. He really had a tough one,” she told Variety.


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