According to the autopsy, “Friends” star Matthew Perry died as a result of the effects of ketamine and then drowning, reported the American news station CNN, citing the report of the Los Angeles medical examiner’s office.
A report released Friday by the Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office shows that actor Matthew Perry’s blood tested positive for ketamine, a drug used to treat depression and anxiety.
“Given the high levels of ketamine detected in his post-mortem blood samples, the primary effect of death will be both circulatory overstimulation and respiratory depression,” it said.
The autopsy report cited by CNN emphasizes that Perry “used ketamine therapy for depression and anxiety.” It was further indicated that ketamine is also used in surgery as an anesthetic, but is also used as a recreational drug. This drug, as explained, can cause short-term hallucinations.
It was noted that Perry last underwent medical treatment a week and a half before his death. The report indicated that “if this agent was used at the time, it should no longer be detectable in the body on the day of death.”
The actor gained international recognition for his role as Chandler Bing in the series “Friends” broadcast from 1994 to 2004, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.
As noted by the BBC, the final episode of the series was watched by 52.5 million viewers in the United States, making it the most watched episode of a television series in the 2000s.
Perry also starred in several films, including “Like or Marry,” “Accidental Heroes” and “How to Bite 10 Million.” In 2007, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in the film “The Angry Young Men – The Ron Clark Story”. He has also been nominated for a People’s Choice Award twice and for an Emmy Award four times.
In 2021, his autobiography was published under the title “Friends, Lovers and This Big Scary Thing”, where the actor talked about, among other things, his struggles with addiction to alcohol and painkillers.
The American actor was found dead by emergency services on October 28. No drugs or traces of crime were found at the scene, American media reported.
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