Reports: Authorities Investigating Matthew Perry's Death

Reports: Authorities Investigating Matthew Perry's Death

Contrary to reports, there is no truth to the claim of Matthew Perry's death Law enforcement officials have debunked the false information regarding him being found dead in a hot tub

Reports: Authorities Investigating Matthew Perry's Death

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Matthew Perry's death is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Times and TMZ. On October 28, it was reported that the former Friends star had passed away at the age of 54. TMZ stated that law enforcement received a call regarding cardiac arrest at Perry's Los Angeles residence, and upon arrival, they discovered Perry unresponsive. The Los Angeles Times disclosed that there was no indication of any suspicious activity.

TMZ was the first to report Perry's death. There have been no additional details disclosed, and Perry's representatives have not yet responded to We's request for comment.

The Los Angeles Police Department's robbery-homicide detectives are leading the investigation, as stated by the Times. The exact cause of Perry's death will be determined at a later time by the coroner's office in the county.

Perry, originally from Canada, began his acting career with multiple TV guest appearances. However, his true breakthrough happened in 1994 when he was cast as Chandler Bing on NBC's hit show Friends, which ran for 10 successful seasons. Alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer, Perry became a prominent figure in the sitcom. Despite the show's growing popularity, Perry faced personal battles off-camera, particularly with addiction.

Perry reflected on a time when he should have been celebrated, but instead, he confessed to consuming 55 Vicodin pills daily and surrounding himself with drug dealers in a secluded room. In a sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer in October 2022, Perry acknowledged that Aniston, who was his co-star, provided the most support during his challenging period. Expressing gratitude, he stated, "I am truly thankful to her for that."

The creative team of Friends, including cocreator Marta Kauffman, was aware of Perry's troubles during their time working on the show. They had conversations about it and aimed to be protective and supportive of him.

Perry sought help for his addiction by attending rehab on two separate occasions. The first time was in 1997, and he returned for a second stint in 2001.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357. This helpline offers free and confidential information, available 24/7.