Matthew Perry’s cause of death revealed as ‘acute effects of ketamine’

Matthew Perry’s official cause of death has been revealed, nearly two months after he was found dead at his California home on Oct. 28. The “Friends” actor was 54.

According to his autopsy report, the late star’s death was due to “acute effects of ketamine” and the manner is accidental drowning. He also had a history of coronary artery disease, the New York Post confirmed on Friday.

The “Fools Rush In” star was clean for 19 months but was on ketamine infusion therapy as recently as one and a half weeks before his death, the report concluded.

No drugs or loose pills were found near the pool of his residence, and there was no foul play.

As previously reported, he was found submerged underwater and facedown by a bystander before authorities were called and rushed to the scene.


Per TMZ, Perry was found by his assistant at the time.

Perry was remembered by his family and “Friends” co-stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc — on Nov. 3. He was laid to rest in the Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif., which is located across from where “Friends” filmed for 10 years at Warner Bros.

Aniston, 54, recently revealed that she was in communication with Perry on the same day he died.

“I was literally texting with him that morning, funny Matty,” she said in an interview with Variety through tears. “He was not in pain. He wasn’t struggling. He was happy.”

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“He was happy,” the “Morning Show” actress recalled. “He was healthy. He had quit smoking. He was getting in shape. He was happy — that’s all I know.”

“I want people to know he was really healthy, and getting healthy,” Aniston added. “He was on a pursuit. He worked so hard. He really was dealt a tough one. I miss him dearly. We all do. Boy, he made us laugh really hard.”

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