Matthew Perry: Why LAPD continues to investigate ‘Friends’ star’s death

Matthew Perry: Why LAPD continues to investigate ‘Friends’ star’s death
Matthew Perry: Why LAPD continues to investigate ‘Friends’ star’s death

The star actor of the series “Friends” died in October from the “acute effects” of taking ketamine. On Tuesday, Los Angeles police announced they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Matthew Perry.

On October 28, Matthew Perry, 54, was found unconscious by his assistant in a jacuzzi at his home in Los Angeles. According to the report from the Los Angeles County Bureau of Forensic Medicine, the man who played “Chandler Bing” in the sitcom “Friends” died from the “acute effects” of taking ketamine. His death was determined to be an “accident” but remains under investigation.

How did he get the drugs?

In a press release, the Los Angeles police indicated that they were “continuing their investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Perry’s death”, with the help of the Federal Anti-Drug Police (DEA) and the United States Postal Police (USPIS), “based on the forensic report”.

Ketamine, an anesthetic sometimes misused for stimulating or euphoric purposes, was taken by the actor in a supervised manner as part of therapy sessions for depression. The question of how Matthew Perry – who did not have a supervised injection session several days before his death – obtained the ketamine is now at the heart of the investigation. The star struggled for years with his addiction to painkillers and alcohol.

In his memoirs published last year, he confided having undergone 65 withdrawal sessions, spending more than nine million dollars. He had also undergone several surgeries related to his drug addiction problems, including a seven-hour colon operation in 2018, going so far as to say one day: “I should be dead”. His unexpected death sparked a flood of tributes, ranging from major Hollywood figures to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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