The body of Matthew Perry was subjected to a series of toxicological tests after he was found dead from an apparent drowning in his bathtub. According to the American website TMZthe first superficial analyzes found no traces of fentanyl or methamphetamine in the actor’s system. More in-depth tests are being carried out to analyze whether there are signs of other illicit drugs or prescription medications in harmful doses, but the final result is still expected to take six weeks.
The star of Friends was found dead at home at around 4 pm, when his assistant returned after carrying out tasks at his boss’s request. According to the TMZ, Matthew was home alone and entered the water shortly before his collapse. The investigation at the residence did not identify the presence of any illegal substances, only black-label medications, such as antidepressants and anxiolytics. According to a Los Angeles County report, Perry’s autopsy was “inconclusive” and the cause of death cannot be clarified at this time.
Perry has always spoken openly about his struggle with alcohol and prescription drug addiction. The tragic death occurred on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Friends Love and That Terrible Thing – The Memoirs of the Friends Star, a touching autobiography in which he narrates details of this personal battle and highlights helping drug addicts as his life mission. The book released at the end of 2022 reveals that the actor had been sober for eleven months.
In a recent interview with Today, Marta Kauffman, one of the creators of Friends, said he spoke to Perry two weeks ago and that the actor was having a good time. “He was happy and excited. PI felt better in a way I hadn’t seen in a while. He was emotionally in a good place and looked good. He stopped smoking… he was sober”, she declared, adding that death, precisely at this moment, seems unfair.
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