Friends star Matthew Perry, renowned for his iconic role as Chandler Bing, recently passed away, leaving fans and the entertainment industry in shock. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the cause of his death, shedding light on the circumstances surrounding this tragic loss.
According to official reports from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, Matthew Perry’s death was a result of “the acute effects of ketamine.” The incident has been ruled as an accident. In addition to ketamine, contributing factors to his passing included “drowning, coronary artery disease, and the effects of buprenorphine,” a drug commonly used to treat opioid use disorder.
Matthew Perry’s illustrious career spanned various television hits, making him a beloved figure in the entertainment world. His most notable role as Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends, which ran for 234 episodes over 10 seasons, earned him widespread acclaim. Perry’s talent was not confined to Friends; he also made memorable appearances in other television series such as Beverly Hills, 90210, Ally McBeal, Growing Pains, Scrubs, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Beyond television, Perry showcased his acting prowess in comedy movies like The Whole Nine Yards and Fools Rush In, demonstrating his versatility as an entertainer. Although he hadn’t actively pursued acting since 2017, he made a poignant return for the Friends reunion, allowing fans a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Matthew Perry was candid about his struggles with substance abuse, particularly with painkillers and alcohol, and had sought rehabilitation multiple times. In a recent book, the actor opened up about his personal challenges, providing readers with a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes battles he faced throughout his life.
As we remember Matthew Perry, his legacy in the entertainment industry remains immortalized through his unforgettable characters and the joy he brought to millions of fans worldwide. The revelation of the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by individuals battling substance abuse.