LAPD and DEA Launch Criminal Investigation Into Matthew Perry’s Death

The late Friends actor died last October from "acute effects of ketamine." He was 54 years old.

Matthew Perry attends an event in a black jacket and dark shirt, smiling for the camera
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Matthew Perry attends an event in a black jacket and dark shirt, smiling for the camera

Multiple federal agencies are getting involved in the investigation behind Matthew Perry’s untimely death.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the USPS is assisting Los Angeles Police Department in a criminal investigation with the DEA by utilizing their mail-tracking capabilities to determine if the late Friends actor obtained drugs through the mail.

In the toxicology report, Perry’s death was attributed to “acute effects of ketamine,” according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Other contributing factors to his death included drowning, coronary artery disease, and the effects of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat pain and opioid use disorder per the National Library of Medicine.

However, the report also indicated that the ketamine present was not from his prescribed ketamine infusion therapy, raising questions about whether he sourced the drug illicitly.

Despite his struggles, TMZ reports that friends believed Perry was in a positive place and planning to start a foundation to aid others with addiction issues.

Perry was found dead in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home last October. First responders found several prescription medications including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, and COPD medication, according to TMZ’s report at the time. Foul play was not suspected. He was 54 years old.

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