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Article Published on 28 June 2024 by Elena Lewis|


Eight months after the passing of Matthew Perry, authorities are still probing the death of the beloved Friends actor, as per a recent report. Earlier this week, a law enforcement source informed PEOPLE on Tuesday, June 25, that their investigation was "nearing its conclusion" and suggested that "multiple people" might face charges.

The report also mentioned that the U.S. Attorney's Office will make the final decision on whether to press charges against the unnamed individuals. The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment on the report.

Matthew Perry passed away on October 28, 2023, at the age of 54. His death was deemed accidental, with the autopsy revealing he succumbed to the acute effects of ketamine following ketamine infusion therapy. In December 2023, the toxicology report indicated that the ketamine led to cardiovascular overstimulation and respiratory depression. Consequently, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner concluded Perry's death investigation. Nevertheless, earlier this year, the LAPD resumed examining the circumstances surrounding Perry's death, according to PEOPLE.

PEOPLE reported that a source close to the LAPD disclosed in May that the department had been collaborating with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to trace the source of the ketamine Perry used prior to his death.

In the years preceding his tragic demise, the 17 Again star had been candid about his battles with addiction. Perry published his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, in 2022, where he shared that he had ruptured his colon in 2019 due to OxyContin use and required a seven-hour surgery. This incident left him in a coma for two weeks.

In an excerpt from the memoir, Perry recounted the moment doctors informed his family that his chances of survival were slim.

"I will have to live out the rest of my days knowing that my mother and others heard those words," Matthew wrote, reflecting on the doctors' prognosis. "I realized that my greatest fear had come true, which is that I did this to myself."

Perry also mentioned that he had been "in a mental institution [and] gone to therapy twice a week for thirty years," as a result of his substance abuse. Following his recovery, Perry aimed to assist others battling addiction by sharing his experiences.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


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