The death of Matthew Perry was, for many fans, one of the most shocking celebrity deaths of 2023. The beloved Friends star was only 54 years old when he was found dead in his Los Angeles home on October 28.
In the weeks since his death, there have been many questions about the circumstances that led to his body being discovered in a hot tub. These questions included speculation as to whether his past struggles with addiction could have played a role.
Although an autopsy was performed the day after his death, the results were just released by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner and confirm that, sadly, a drug did play a role in Matthew's death.
The medical examiner's report, released on December 15, revealed that Matthew had significant amounts of the sedative ketamine in his system at the time of his death, though that drug wasn't the only contributing factor.
According to the autopsy, his death was accidental. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner's report, "the cause of death for 54-year-old actor Matthew Langford Perry as the acute effects of ketamine.
Contributing factors in Mr. Perry’s death include drowning, coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine (used to treat opioid use disorder). The manner of death is accident."