Friend’s Matthew Perry Dead at 54 – UPDATE

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Matthew Perry Dead at 54 - E! Online

The acting world has lost a TV comedy legend. Matthew Perry was found dead. Authorities found the Friends alum, 54, unresponsive Oct. 28 in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said there was no sign of foul play.

TMZ also quoted law enforcement sources as saying that first responders found Perry unresponsive in a home, adding that he appeared to have drowned.

E! News has reached out to Perry’s rep and to the Los Angeles Police Department for comment and has not heard back.

Perry was born in Massachusetts and raised in Canada. At age 15, he moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles to finish high school and pursue an acting career. After taking on a few small parts on TV for several years, his big break came in 1987, when he played a leading role in the sitcom Boys Will Be Boys. The series lasted one season, after which Perry landed a recurring role on Growing Pains.

Matthew Perry’s Death Certificate Released

Authorities have filed paperwork finalizing Matthew Perry‘s passing.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released the Friends actor’s official death certificate after he was found dead in his hot tub on Oct. 28.

The certificate obtained by E! News states he was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, close to the Warner Bros. Studios lot where he filmed the NBC sitcom during its run from 1994-2004. The 54-year-old was laid to rest at a private funeral on Nov. 3, with pals and costars gathering to honor the five-time Emmy nominee.

It notes that his cause of death is still “deferred,” after authorities told NBC News last month that his initial autopsy results were inconclusive pending a toxicology report.

The paperwork also states Perry’s date of death as Oct. 28 at 4:17 p.m. at his residence in the Pacific Palisades outside of Los Angeles.

A fire department spokesperson previously told E! News officials found an “adult male unconscious in a stand-alone hot tub” after responding to an emergency call at the time.

“A bystander had brought the man’s head above the water and gotten him to the edge, then firefighters removed him from the water upon their arrival,” LAFD Captain Erik Scott said on Oct. 30. “A rapid medical assessment, sadly, revealed the man was deceased prior to first responder arrival.”

In the death certificate, authorities said there were no other significant conditions contributing to his death.

The document confirms Perry never married, although he was engaged to manager and producer Molly Hurwitz from 2020 to 2021.

“No one in my adult life has had a more profound impact on me than Matthew Langford Perry,” she wrote on Instagram after his death. “I have tremendous gratitude for that, for everything I learned from our relationship.”

Hurwitz further noted, “While I loved him deeper than I could comprehend, he was complicated, and he caused pain like I’d never known.”

Matthew Perry died from the acute effects of the anesthetic ketamine, according to an autopsy released on Friday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office.

The results of the autopsy listed drowning, coronary artery disease and buprenorphine (used to treat opioid addiction) effects as contributing factors. The manner of death was ruled an accident.

“At the high levels of ketamine found in his postmortem blood specimens, the main lethal effects would be from both cardiovascular overstimulation and respiratory depression,” the report states.

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