Matthew Perry's cause of death 'deferred' pending toxicology tests

Matthew Perry’s cause of death is listed as ‘deferred’ pending final results of toxicology tests – but his body has been released to his family so his funeral can be arranged

  • Matthew Perry was found dead on Saturday in the hot tub at his LA home
  • The Canadian actor, 54, wrote in his memoir that he spent half his life in rehab
  • On Sunday afternoon the coroner said his cause of death was ‘deferred’ 

The coroner for Los Angeles County has listed Matthew Perry’s cause of death as ‘deferred’, pending the final results of toxicology tests.

Perry, 54, was found dead on Saturday in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home.

On Sunday afternoon, the coroner released his body to the family, but said they are yet to determine a cause of death. 

The initial 911 call, made by his assistant, was for a cardiac arrest. 

The Medical Examiner’s office can release initial results within days, or it can take six to eight weeks for final results of toxicology tests to come back. 

Los Angeles law enforcement sources told TMZ that no illicit drugs were found at his Pacific Palisades home.

Matthew Perry is pictured on October 22 – the last time he was seen in public. His cause of death is deferred, pending toxicology tests

Pictures in the wake of Perry’s death emerged showing the pool and hot tub at the Friends star’s home (pictured)

In his last post to his Instagram, posted earlier this week, the star shared images of him in his pool

Sources did say that anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications were found inside Perry’s home, including pills for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Perry had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, and was also a smoker.

Perry wrote in his memoir, published last year, that he had spent $9 million trying to get sober, revealing he had been to 6,000 AA meetings, gone to rehab 15 times, and been in detox 65 times.

A LAPD source told The New York Post: ‘We responded to the 1800 block of Blue Sail Rd for a death investigation on a male 4:10 p.m. this afternoon. He was in his 50s.’

TMZ shared 16 seconds of dispatch audio where a man can be heard saying ‘rescue 23’ and ‘drowning.’

Perry had multiple health issues.

Coroners are seen on Saturday night removing Perry’s body from his LA home

The coroner is seen arriving at Perry’s property on Saturday night 

Matthew Perry ‘s father, John Bennett Perry, 82, was seen arriving at his son’s LA home looking stricken just hours after the Friends star’s death

A jet ski accident in 1997, on the set of his film Fools Rush In, saw him hospitalized and later become addicted to the opioid painkiller Vicodin. 

He said at one point he was taking 55 Vicodin pills a day, and his weight dropped to 128 pounds.

In 2000 he was taken to hospital with pancreatitis, and in 2018 his colon burst. 

‘The doctors told my family that I had a 2% chance to live,’ Perry told Diane Sawyer during a promotional interview for his book. 

‘I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one survives that.’

Perry spent nearly two weeks in a coma and five months in the hospital, then used a colostomy bag for nine months.

He said he overcame addiction in 2021 and was believed to be leading a healthier lifestyle.

In his last post to his Instagram, shared earlier this week, the star shared images of him in his pool, saying: ‘Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman.’

Perry rose to fame for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit 90s sitcom Friends, which ran for 10 seasons

Perry, who never married but dated a number of stars including Julia Roberts, has been candid and public about his problems with drugs and alcohol. 

He told an interviewer in 2016 that he doesn’t remember filming three seasons of Friends. 

Despite hiding his demons from public view for years, Perry detailed his struggles in his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers And The Big Terrible Thing. 

READ MORE: Friends costar breaks silence and reveals how she feels ‘blessed’ to have shared so many ‘creative moments’ with the beloved actor

In the opening, he wrote: ‘Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.’ 

He added: ‘People would be surprised to know that I have mostly been sober since 2001. Save for about sixty or seventy little mishaps over the years.’ 

A longtime friend of Perry’s – who was in recovery with him – told last night: ‘Everyone is in a total state of shock. People are crying on the phone and struggling to accept this news.

‘It’s no secret that he struggled with drugs and alcohol for years but the last time I spoke to him, which was within the last few weeks, he seemed to be in a good place.

‘He was upbeat and sounded sober and positive.

‘He’d been to rehab 17 times and nearly died from opioid abuse but he was someone who was sincere about taking his life, and his sobriety, one day at a time.

‘It’s such tragic news. Everyone is praying he didn’t relapse. Matt was a genuinely lovely guy. He was always the first to welcome newcomers to the group and would always volunteer to help and be of service.

‘We are all struggling to come to terms with this terrible news.’

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