‘Friends’ Star Death Triggers Massive Investigation

Matthew Perry’s death has brought together various authorities in a collaborative investigation, more than six months after the tragic event. Known and loved for his role as Chandler Bing on the iconic TV show “Friends,” Perry passed away on October 28, 2023, at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has now confirmed an open investigation, with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service joining efforts to uncover the circumstances surrounding his untimely death.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner attributed Perry’s death to the “acute effects of ketamine.” The autopsy revealed trace amounts of ketamine in his stomach, but the exact method of intake remains unknown.

Ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic drug, is known for its medical and surgical uses, yet its presence in Perry’s system raises questions. This prompted further scrutiny from the DEA and LAPD to determine how and why Perry had significant levels of the drug in his body.

Perry’s passing was initially reported as an apparent drowning. He was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his residence. Despite quick efforts by a bystander to bring Perry’s head above water and firefighters’ attempts to revive him, he was already deceased when first responders arrived. The LAPD and the LA County Medical Examiner’s office have since been working diligently to piece together the events that led to this heartbreaking outcome.

Prescription medications and loose pills were discovered at Perry’s home, as noted in the autopsy report. Additionally, Perry had been receiving ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety.

However, the medical examiner clarified that the ketamine present in his system at the time of death could not have been from the infusion therapy he last received more than a week prior. Ketamine’s half-life of three to four hours negates this possibility, suggesting another source or method of intake.

No foul play is suspected in Perry’s death, and no illegal drugs were found at the scene, which further complicates the investigation. The absence of illegal substances and the presence of prescription drugs point to a complex situation that authorities are eager to resolve.

The ongoing investigation aims to provide clarity and closure regarding how Perry acquired the ketamine that ultimately contributed to his demise.

The beloved actor was laid to rest on November 3, 2023, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His passing sent waves of grief through the entertainment industry and among fans worldwide. Perry’s portrayal of Chandler Bing on “Friends,” which debuted on NBC in 1994, earned him a place in television history and in the hearts of millions. His comedic timing and charismatic presence left a lasting legacy.

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