Matthew Perry’s Death Now a Criminal Investigation

Matthew Perry
Credit: Matthew Perry, Instagram

On October 28, 2023, millions of fans around the world were shocked and devastated to learn that Friends star Matthew Perry had died at the age of 54. A 9-1-1 call was made from Perry’s home when the actor was found unconscious in his hot tub.

Sadly, paramedics were unable to revive Mr. Perry, and he was pronounced dead just hours after the call. At the time of his passing, it was reported that the actor had suffered a “cardiac event”.

Matthew Perry The Odd Couple

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Initial reports stated that there was no fentanyl or methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. However, nearly two months later, the official toxicology reports confirmed that Perry died from the “acute effects” of ketamine. In addition to the ketamine, the autopsy report stated factors contributing to Perry’s death were drowning, coronary artery disease, and the use of buprenorphine — a drug used to help those battling opioid addiction.

matthew perry Mr. Sunshine

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The Mr. Sunshine star had been using Ketamine under a doctor’s guidance for therapeutic purposes, but the amount found in his system indicated that he was using it in an unsupervised manner as well.

Now, seven months after Perry’s tragic passing, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration have announced a joint criminal investigation into his death.

Matthew Perry Friends

Credit: Matt LeBlanc, Instagram

In an email sent to Entertainment Weekly, LAPD Captain Scott Williams confirmed the investigation:

“On October 29, 2023, an autopsy of Mr. Perry was performed by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner. On December 15, 2023, the results of the autopsy indicated that Mr. Perry died from the ‘acute effects of ketamine. Based on the Medical Examiner’s findings, the Los Angeles Police Department, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Postal Inspection Service, has continued its investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Perry’s death.”

The goal of the investigation is to find out how Perry got his hands on such a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic. Ketamine can only be given under the supervision of a doctor, so it appears that Perry may have gotten it by illegal means.

matthew perry and zac efron

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After Perry’s death, thousands shared their devastation on social media. Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, and Courteney Cox, Perry’s Friends co-stars, even released a joint statement. Zac Efron also shared his grief and spoke about what it was like working with Perry on the film 17 Again.

Disney Dining will keep readers updated as the Los Angeles Police Department releases more information.

Do you think the LAPD and DEA should be investigating Matthew Perry’s death? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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