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Matthew Perry’s investigation into death officially closed by LA police after confirmation
Matthew Perry’s dead body was discovered in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home in October.
09:31, Wed, Jan 10, 2024 | UPDATED: 09:38, Wed, Jan 10, 2024
Friends star Matthew Perry dies aged 54
The Los Angeles police department confirmed the investigation into Matthew Perry’s death has officially closed following the release of his cause of death.
On October 28, the Friends star was found unresponsive in the hot tub of his LA home and later pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time, authorities claimed there was no sign of foul play, however, it was later revealed the actor’s accidental death was caused by the acute effects of ketamine.
Contributing factors were given as drowning, coronary artery disease, and the effects of buprenorphine, a prescription drug often used to treat those with opioid addiction.
According to People, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner also confirms on their website that the case regarding Perry’s death is considered “closed.”
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Matthew Perry released a memoir talking about his sobriety (Image: Getty)
Following his death, Matthew’s autopsy stated he was “reportedly clean for 19 months” but was on ketamine infusion therapy.
His latest treatment reportedly took take place just “one and a half weeks before” his death.
However, the coroner noted that “the ketamine in his system at death could not be from that infusion therapy, since ketamine’s half-life is three to four hours, or less.”
“At the high levels of ketamine found in his postmortem blood specimens, the main lethal effects would be from both cardiovascular overstimulation and respiratory depression,” the medical examiner, Raffi Djabourian, concluded.
Matthew Perry starred as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom (Image: Getty)
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Before his death, Matthew had been vocal about battling addiction which started after a jet ski accident in 1997, which led to him being prescribed Vicodin.
Eventually, Matt became addicted to the drug, which also led to heavy drinking. a topic he opened up about in his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Things.
The Chandler Bing star wrote that, at one point, he was taking 55 Vicodin a day and had to try various ploys to get them, faking migraines or other pain, and even sitting through MRIs with different doctors.
As for his sobriety journey, Matthew wanted to help others and was said to be a “big part” of Alcoholics Anonymous.
To continue his work, the Matthew Perry Foundation has been set up and stated it was “the realization of Matthew’s enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction”.
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