Friends Star Matthew Perry’s Cause Of Death Confirmed

Matthew Perry's cause of death has been confirmed.
Credit: Alamy

Matthew Perry’s cause of death has been confirmed. 

Perry was an American-Canadian actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom Friends.

His character was a loveable joker who quickly became a fan favourite for his sarcastic one-liners.

Fans were left devastated earlier this year when it was announced that Perry had died aged 54.

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The Fools Rush In star was found in his jacuzzi at his home in Los Angeles on October 28.

At the time, it was said that first responders were called to the property for a cardiac arrest, as per TMZ.

A police source reportedly said that the incident was treated as a water rescue.

Perry’s official cause of death has now been determined.

Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry was found in his jacuzzi in his Los Angeles home. Credit: Alamy

According to the autopsy report obtained by People magazine, Perry died due to acute effects of ketamine.

Drowning, coronary artery disease and buprenorphine effects were also listed as contributing factors towards his death.

His death was ruled as an accident.

Ketamine is a dissociative anaesthetic which has some hallucinogenic effects, as per the Drug Fact Sheet.

The US Drug Force Adminstration say it ‘distorts the perception of sight and sound and makes the user feel disconnected and not in control’ and may ‘induce a state of sedation (feeling calm and relaxed), immobility, relief from pain, and amnesia’.

Ketamine may be prescribed as a medical treatment, however, it is unclear if the drugs in Perry’s system were bought using a prescription.

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Just a year before his passing, Perry published an explosive memoir titled ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing’, in which he shared shocking details about his alcohol and drug addiction. 

Ahead of the memoir’s release, the Hollywood star disclosed to The New York Times that he had spent ‘$9m [£7.4m] or something trying to get sober’.

Those who knew the 17 Again star have maintained that at the time of his passing, Perry had been clean and sober.

Friends creator Marta Kauffman sat down with Today’s Hoda Kotb following the actor’s passing and said he was sober.

“He seemed better than I had seen in a while. I was so thrilled to see that. He was emotionally in a good place, he looked good, he quit smoking,” she commented.

Perry was laid to rest at an intimate ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. His Friends co-stars – Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox, and David Schwimmer – all attended.

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Written by Aimee Walker

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