Matthew Perry: Police investigate source of ketamine that killed Friends star | US News

Perry died at his Los Angeles home last October after being found unconscious in a swimming pool.


Tuesday 21 May 2024 9:16 pm, United Kingdom

Police are investigating the source of the ketamine that killed actor Matthew Perry, it has emerged.

Perrybest known for making pranks Chandler Bing in FriendsHe died at his Los Angeles home last October after being found unconscious in a swimming pool.

An autopsy found his death was an accident due to “the acute effects of ketamine.”

Ketamine is a sedative that can be used as a recreational drug, as well as to treat depression.

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The Los Angeles Police Department says it is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of an investigation into why Perry, 54, had so much ketamine in his system at the time of his death.

People close to Perry told investigators he was receiving ketamine infusion therapy, an experimental treatment, according to his autopsy.

The medical examiner wrote, however, that Perry’s last treatment was a week and a half before his death and did not explain the levels of ketamine in his blood.

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Perry, who was 54, had also drowned in “the heated end of his swimming pool”, in what the medical examiner described as a secondary factor in his death.

They added that “he had apparently been clean for 19 months.” Perry regularly spoke about his battle with addiction, including a near-death experience in 2019 after his colon burst as a result of opioid use.

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Perry recalled an instance in which fellow Friends star Jennifer Aniston confronted him about being drunk while filming.

“I know you’re drinking,” he remembered her saying.

“We can smell it,” he said in what Perry called a “somewhat strange but loving way,” adding, “The plural ‘we’ hit me like a sledgehammer.”

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Speaking to NBC’s Today host Hoda Kotb on her Making Spaces podcast in March, Perry’s stepfather said The star “felt like he was overcoming” his battle with addiction.

Keith Morrison, an award-winning Dateline NBC correspondent, said his stepson “didn’t get to have his third act, and that’s not fair.”