Matthew Perry, the versatile actor known for his roles in the sitcom “Friends,” tragically passed away in Los Angeles on October 28, 2023, at the age of 54. An autopsy report released by the Los Angeles County coroner indicates acute effects of ketamine as the cause of death.
A Tragic Discovery
Perry's body was discovered in the jacuzzi at his Los Angeles residence. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene, treating the occurrence as a water rescue.
Factors Contributing to Death
The autopsy report also highlighted several other contributing factors, such as coronary artery disease, the effects of buprenorphine, and immersion in water. High levels of ketamine were found in Perry's bloodstream, suggesting that he likely lapsed into unconsciousness before drowning.
The Struggle with Depression and Anxiety
Perry had been undergoing ketamine infusion therapy as a form of treatment for depression and anxiety. This therapy, however, represents just part of the actor's long struggle with mental health and substance abuse, as documented in his memoir.
Perry experienced a severe health scare at age 49, during which his colon burst due to opioid overuse – a consequence of his drug addiction. This led to a hospital stay that threatened his life.
Mourning a Great Loss
In the wake of Perry's death, Warner Bros. Television Group, where he spent much of his career, conveyed their devastation. His “Friends” co-stars also expressed their deep grief at the loss of a key member of their “family.”
Legacy Lives On
Matthew Perry is remembered as an extraordinarily talented actor, renowned for his comedic genius. His legacy is bound to continue to touch hearts around the world.