Matthew Perry’s Death Linked to Ketamine, Autopsy Reveals

Matthew Perry, known for his roles in “Fools Rush In” and other films, died of “acute effects of ketamine,” as stated in an autopsy report released by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.

The report detailed other contributing factors to Perry’s death, including coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine.

Despite the presence of prescription medications, no alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, PCP, or fentanyl was detected in his system.

Circumstances of Death

Perry died on October 28, apparently drowning in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles. He was 54 years old. The autopsy found trace amounts of ketamine in his stomach, with the method of intake remaining unknown.

Perry had reportedly been receiving ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety, with his last treatment occurring over a week before his death.

However, due to ketamine’s short half-life, the medical examiner concluded that the ketamine in his system at death was not from that therapy.

Expert Insights on Ketamine

Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist and Fox News contributor, noted that ketamine, initially used in veterinary medicine, became a drug of abuse due to its hallucinogenic effects. “It’s very powerful and was used for horses undergoing surgery. That was the first use,” Baden said.

The Department of Medical Examiner initially deferred the cause of death, citing “other significant conditions.” No foul play was suspected, and Perry was laid to rest on November 3.

The case has been taken over by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division, which often handles high-profile cases.

With information from Fox News.

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