The official cause of death for “Friends” star Matthew Perry remains unknown as of Sunday, pending a coroner’s investigation, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
No evident signs of trauma were reported, and the Los Angeles Police Department verified this to CBS Los Angeles station KCAL News. An autopsy was conducted on Sunday, with toxicology results awaiting confirmation, as revealed by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Perry was discovered unresponsive in his jacuzzi on Saturday and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The actor was 54 years old.
Due to Perry’s celebrity status, detectives from the Robbery Homicide Division initiated a preliminary investigation, as confirmed by a police spokesperson.
Perry achieved stardom with his unforgettable portrayal of Chandler Bing in “Friends,” a sitcom that ran for ten seasons. In 2002, his performance earned him an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.
Warner Bros. Television Group, the production company responsible for “Friends,” expressed profound grief over the loss of Matthew Perry, lauding him as a remarkably gifted actor and an integral part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. His comedic brilliance left a lasting impact worldwide, and his legacy will endure in the hearts of many.
Perry’s career extended to various television series and films, including “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Growing Pains,” “Ally McBeal,” “17 Again,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “The West Wing,” and a 2015 reboot of “The Odd Couple.”
In 2007, he garnered Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his role in the miniseries “The Ron Clark Story.”
Matthew Perry courageously addressed his struggles with substance abuse in his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.” He sought rehabilitation multiple times for issues related to drug and alcohol addiction.
Speaking in a 2015 interview with CBS News, Perry emphasized the importance of recognizing addiction as a disease, dispelling misconceptions, and encouraging those affected to seek help rather than blame themselves.
Following Perry’s passing, heartfelt tributes poured in from friends and fans alike, celebrating the actor’s remarkable career and his enduring impact. The “Friends” community, including the show’s creators and recurring guest stars, honored Perry for his exceptional talent and the joy he brought to countless lives.