Matthew Perry autopsy prompts joint investigation by LAPD and DEA

The autopsy of the beloved actor indicated “acute effects of ketamine” as the cause of death

Matthew Perry’s death is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) following the findings of the Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s autopsy report, which indicated that he died from “acute effects of ketamine,” the LAPD confirmed to Rolling Stone.

He Friends The star died on October 28 at the age of 54. The autopsy report filed in December said that the “high levels of ketamine” found in Perry’s blood at the time of his death likely caused the beloved actor to fall “into unconsciousness,” which in turn made him drown. Coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine were also cited as contributing conditions.

In January, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that its investigation into Perry’s death had concluded, and the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s website listed the case status of Perry’s death as “closed.”

Now, five months after the initial investigation and nearly seven months after Perry’s death, the investigation is focusing on how much ketamine was in his system and how it may have been obtained. In addition to the LAPD, with the help of the DEA, the United States Postal Inspection Service is also involved in the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the actor’s death.


Perry had reportedly been receiving ketamine infusion therapy to treat his depression and anxiety, which was noted in the autopsy report. “His last known treatment was a week and a half before his death, and the ketamine in his system at the time of his death could not have come from that infusion therapy, since the half-life of ketamine is 3 to 4 hours , or less,” the medical examiner wrote. .

Perry was open about his lifelong alcohol and drug addiction, and had served several stints in rehab. Perry candidly addressed his struggles in his memoir, Friends, lovers and the great terrible thing. which began with the line: “Hello, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And he should be dead.” Among the unvarnished details he shared about his addiction, he admitted to taking up to 55 Vicodin a day while filming the third season of Friends.