Matthew Perry update: multiple people could be charged for ‘Friends’ star’s death

The actor died on October 28, 2023

An update on the investigation into Matthew Perry’s death has been provided.

The Friends star died on October 28, 2023 at the age of 54. An autopsy report ruled his manner of death to be accidental, and showed that he died from the acute effects of ketamine, with contributing factors including drowning.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner closed its investigation into his death in December, however in May the LAPD launched a criminal investigation to better understand the circumstances surrounding his death.

Now, according to People magazine, the investigation is now “nearing its conclusion” and the LAPD believe “multiple people” should be charged in connection with the actor’s death.


At the time of his death, Perry was receiving ketamine infusion therapy, which is said to help with depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction problems. Perry suffered from severe addictions to drugs and alcohol for the majority of his life.

Matthew Perry
Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry in ‘Friends’. CREDIT: Getty/Photo by Warner Bros. Television/Getty Images

However, his last therapy session reportedly took place just over a week before his death, and the autopsy stated that: “the ketamine in his system at death could not be from that infusion therapy since ketamine’s half-life is three to four hours or less.”


As Perry had such a high level of the drug in his system, and in his possession, it was also revealed in May that the LAPD were working with the DEA and the U.S. Postal Inspector, attempting to investigate how Perry may have sourced the ketamine which eventually led to his death.

Last month, Courteney Cox shared that she still “talks” with her former co-star and on-screen husband.

“I talk to my mum, my dad, Matthew,” she shared. “I feel like there are a lot of people that, I think, guide us… I do sense – I sense Matthew’s around for sure.”

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