The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner recently updated the online record for the late actor Matthew Perry on Sunday afternoon. The cause of his death is listed as “deferred.” According to the guidelines followed by the LA coroner, a deferred certificate is issued when the cause of death cannot be determined at the time of the autopsy, pending further investigation and studies.
The autopsy on Matthew Perry has been completed, but the coroner is currently awaiting the results of a toxicology report. This report will help determine if any substances, including drugs, contributed to the actor’s untimely demise.
While the Los Angeles Police Department is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Matthew Perry’s death, sources close to the case have informed TMZ and CNN that foul play is not suspected.
According to law enforcement sources, Perry was found unresponsive in a hot tub. The initial call to 911 was made on Saturday at 4:07 PM, requesting a water rescue. The LAPD promptly responded at 4:10 PM and subsequently categorized the call as a death investigation.
Expressing their grief, Perry’s family released a heartfelt statement: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother.” They acknowledged the profound impact Matthew had on the world, both as an actor and as a friend. The family also expressed their gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of love that they have received from his fans.
In his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” Mr. Perry courageously opened up about his struggles with addiction. He shared his experiences with Vicodin, revealing that during the third season of “Friends,” he was taking up to 55 pills per day. He also confessed to abusing other substances such as Xanax, OxyContin, Dilaudid, Methadone, and Cocaine.
Reflecting on his life, Perry once said, “I think you actually have to have all of your dreams come true to realize they are the wrong dreams.” These poignant words offer a glimpse into the complexity of the late actor’s journey.
Matthew Perry will be remembered as a talented individual who brought joy to countless people through his remarkable performances. May he rest in peace.