The circumstances surrounding the untimely death of famous actor Matthew Perry at his residence on a Saturday require further investigation, records from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office indicate. On the following Sunday afternoon, the medical examiner updated Mr. Perry’s online case file, designating his cause of death as “delayed.” In accordance with guidelines established by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, a deferred certificate is issued when the precise cause of death remains undetermined at the time of the initial autopsy, pending further investigation.
Authorities have stated that there is no suspicion of foul play. Nevertheless, the incident remains subject to inquiry by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division.
The sequence of events began with a distressing 911 call at 4:07 p.m. on that fateful Saturday, reporting a water rescue emergency. The Los Angeles Police Department swiftly responded, arriving at 4:10 p.m., promptly reclassifying the incident as a death investigation.
According to sources within law enforcement cited by the Los Angeles Times, the 54-year-old actor was discovered unresponsive in his hot tub.
Amid the ongoing police response, Perry’s parents, John Bennett Perry and Suzanne Morrison, alongside his stepfather, Keith Morrison, a correspondent for “Dateline,” were observed arriving at the actor’s residence on that sorrowful Saturday night.
Subsequently, Perry’s family issued a statement to People magazine on Sunday, expressing their profound sorrow over the tragic loss of their beloved son and brother. Their statement conveyed the sentiment that Matthew Perry had brought immense joy to the world through both his acting career and personal relationships while also acknowledging the outpouring of love and support from his many admirers.
Matthew Perry was noted for his candidness regarding his personal struggles. In his memoir, titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir,” published in November 2022, he openly discussed his journey of recovery from addiction and his deep commitment to aiding others in their own battles with addiction. On a podcast appearance for “Q With Tom Power,” Perry shared his desire to be remembered as someone who lived a fulfilling life, loved passionately, and actively sought to help others, emphasizing his unwavering dedication to this mission.
Perry’s battle with addiction was a well-documented aspect of his life, particularly during the height of his career on the iconic television series “Friends.” In the interview, he revealed that his struggles with addiction had prevented him from watching the show.
Notably, Perry’s “Friends” co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc, with whom he shared the screen from 1994 to 2004, have not yet made public statements regarding his passing.
On Sunday, the co-creators of “Friends,” Marta Kauffman and David Crane, as well as the show’s executive producer, Kevin Bright, conveyed their shock and deep sorrow over the loss of their dear friend, Matthew Perry. In their statement to CNN, they described him as a brilliant talent who had embodied the character of Chandler Bing so profoundly that no other could have filled those shoes. Their message further paid tribute to his humor, intelligence, and the light he brought to every moment, not only on the set but also in his personal life. They noted his selflessness and giving nature, concluding with the sentiment that their hearts were profoundly broken by his passing.
Written by Olivier Noudjalbaye Dedingar, USA Correspondent