December 16, 2023


Matthew Perry cause of death revealed

Matthew Perry's autopsy report shed light on the actor's drug use timeline in months leading to his death

By Javeria Shahid December 16, 2023
Mathew Perry  was starred in over 200 episodes of Friends
Mathew Perry  was starred in over 200 episodes of Friends 

Matthew Perry’s cause of death has been officially confirmed.

The 54-year-old Canadian American actor, who apparently passed away from drowning in his hot bathtub, died of 'acute effects of ketamine.'

According to Page Six, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the manner of death was accidental.

In addition to the ketamine confirmation, the reports also mentioned other factors that contributed to his death including, coronary artery disease, drowning and buprenorphine, an opioid.

Moreover, PEOPLE cited that according to the autopsy reports, Perry was "clean for 19 months" before his death.

The outlet also confirmed that the Friends star was on "ketamine infusion therapy" at the time of his passing and the last session of the therapy took place "one and a half weeks before" his death.

KIT is a "dissociative anesthetic that has some hallucinogenic effects," as per the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Not to mention, the coroner stated that the "ketamine in his system at death could not be from that infusion therapy, since ketamine’s half-life is 3 to 4 hours, or less".

It was pronounced that his death occurred by "unknown route of drug intake" and the autopsy results confirmed no signs of fatal trauma or no foul play was suspected, per Variety.

Perry died on Saturday, October 28, 2023. According to the Los Angeles Times, when the authorities arrived at his residence around 4pm, he had already been dead. 

TMZ was first to break the news; it was claimed that the first responders were called for a cardiac arrest.

Perry was lauded for his fan-favorite role of sarcastic Chandler Bing on Friends from the 90s and the early 2000s.

The widely acclaimed actor got featured in over 200 episodes of the NBC's series throughout its ten seasons.