Friends star Matthew Perry’s death was accidental, LA officials say

Friends star Matthew Perry’s death has been ruled an accident from the “acute effects of ketamine”, the County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner has said.

Contributing factors in Perry‘s death included drowning, coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine (used to treat opioid use disorder), officials said.

The report stated that Perry was on ketamine infusion therapy, with the most recent dose reportedly taken one and a half weeks before his death.

The actor was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at his home on 28 October and pronounced dead at the age of 54 by paramedics at the scene.

A post-mortem was carried out the following day.

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Perry was best known for playing wise-cracking Chandler Bing in Friends between 1994 and 2004.

Tributes poured in for Perry in the days after his death, including from his co-stars.

Image: Cast of Friends

Friends actors Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, were also among the 20 mourners at Perry’s funeral in the Hollywood Hills in November.

Perry was open about his battle with substance abuse and addiction, and set up a sober living facility for men with similar issues.

A foundation has now been set up to help others struggling with the disease in his memory.

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