Matthew Perry’s Cause of Death Could Take Weeks or Months to Be Determined

The actor, aged 54, was discovered deceased in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence on a Saturday.

Samuel Miller, 26, leaves flowers at a memorial for actor Matthew Perry in front of the actor’s home in Pacific Palisades. “I just grew up watching ‘Friends.’ It got me through a lot of hard times,” he said.

The cause of Matthew Perry’s death at his home in Los Angeles is still under investigation, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office. The office’s online record for the actor, updated on Sunday, lists his cause of death as “deferred.”

Experts told The New York Times that it could take weeks or months to complete a toxicology screening and examine other evidence. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide division have also launched a preliminary investigation due to Perry’s “celebrity status.” However, LAPD Capt. Scot Williams, who leads the division, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that “foul play is not suspected.”

On Saturday, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told Rolling Stone that police “responded at 4:10 this afternoon to a death investigation for a male in his fifties.” Law enforcement said that Perry died in an apparent drowning at his Los Angeles home.

Perry was open about his struggles with addiction to alcohol and drugs, including painkillers. He served several stints in rehab, including while he was a cast member on Friends. In his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, the actor candidly addressed his struggles, opening with the line: “Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”

Tributes from Friends and Colleagues:

Following the news of his death, Simpsons star Hank Azaria, who was a close friend of Perry’s, spoke about his impact on his life. “It’s heartbreaking for those of us who loved him and knew him really well, personally,” said Azaria. “We missed him, we just missed him. It’s one of the terrible things about this disease, is it just takes away the person you love.”

In a separate statement, Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright remembered Perry, whose biting sarcasm and impeccable comedic timing was a crucial ingredient to the global success of the series.

“He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliche to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words. From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us,” they wrote. “We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment — not just to his work, but in life as well. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart.”

Perry’s death is a tragic loss for his family, friends, and fans. He was a talented actor and a beloved comedian who brought laughter to the world through his work. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time.

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