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A criminal investigation is launched into the death of Matthew Perry due to the quantities of ketamine found

FILE - In this April 28, 2015 file photo, Matthew Perry arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Drive" In Los Angeles.  On Monday, December 11, 2023, the California-based tech giant launched its annual “Year in Search,” featuring top global queries ranging from the unforgettable pop culture moments of 2023 (hello, Barbenheimer) to the loss of beloved figures and tragic news.  having worldwide repercussions.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this April 28, 2015, file photo, Matthew Perry arrives at the premiere of “Ride” in Los Angeles. On Monday, December 11, 2023, the California-based tech giant launched its annual “Year in Search,” featuring top global queries ranging from the unforgettable pop culture moments of 2023 (hello, Barbenheimer) to the loss of beloved figures and tragic news. having worldwide repercussions. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Law enforcement officials revealed they are launching a criminal investigation into the death of actor Matthew Perry.

Perry was found unresponsive in his Pacific Palisades home on October 28, 2023. Following an autopsy, in December the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner revealed that the “Friends” actor died from “acute effects of ketamine.” .


Now, the LAPD tells KTLA 5 News they are working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Postal Inspection Service to find out how and why the actor had so much substance in his system when he died.

TMZ first reported on the investigation early Tuesday morning.

“Traces of ketamine were detected in the stomach contents,” the autopsy report states. “It was reported that she was receiving ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety.”

According to the report, Perry’s last known treatment was a week and a half before his death and the ketamine that was in his system when he died “could not have come from that infusion therapy, as the half-life of ketamine is three to four hours.” , or less.”

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, ketamine is a “dissociative anesthetic that has some hallucinogenic effects.” It is often considered a “club drug” popular among youth and young adults at raves and EDM concerts.

The report also found that factors contributing to Perry’s death included “drowning, coronary artery disease, and effects of buprenorphine.”

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) that can be prescribed or dispensed in doctors’ offices, increasing access to treatment significantly.”

The manner of death was classified as accidental (drug-related and drowning) and no signs of foul play were suspected.

“Drowning contributes to the probability of immersion in the pool when becoming unconscious; “Coronary artery disease contributes due to exacerbation of ketamine-induced myocardial effects on the heart,” the report continues. “The effects of buprenorphine are listed as contributing, although not at toxic levels, due to additive respiratory effects when present with high levels of ketamine. “The autopsy shows no fatal blunt or penetrating trauma.”

For most of his life, Perry spoke openly about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

After his death, his loved ones founded the Matthew Perry Foundation, which aims to help people fight drug and alcohol addiction.

“The Matthew Perry Foundation is the embodiment of Matthew’s long-standing commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction,” the website’s mission statement reads. “He will honor his legacy and be guided by his own words and experiences and driven by his passion to make a difference in as many lives as possible.”