The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office will need to do more investigation before determining the cause of actor Matthew Perry’s death at his home on Saturday, according to office records.
On Sunday afternoon, the medical examiner amended Perry’s web record, indicating that his cause of death was “deferred.”
The LA coroner’s instructions state that “a deferred certificate will be issued until additional studies have been completed in cases where the cause of death cannot be determined at the time of autopsy.”
The cause of Perry’s death has been ascertained through an autopsy, but toxicology report findings are still pending, according to the medical examiner’s office, which informed CNN on Sunday. Completing these reports might take many weeks.
According to a law enforcement source, investigators intend to utilize the toxicology tests to ascertain whether any foreign chemicals may have had a role in Perry’s death.
Perry’s death is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division; however, no foul play is suspected, according to a law enforcement source who spoke to CNN. According to the medical examiner’s paperwork, the actor’s remains might be given to his family on Sunday.
Spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department Brian Humphrey told CNN that a water rescue incident was reported via 911 on Saturday at 4:07 p.m. When the LAPD arrived at 4:10 p.m., they quickly declared the call to be a death investigation.
The Los Angeles Times said that Perry, 54, was discovered unconscious in his hot tub, citing law enforcement sources.
In the midst of the police reaction, Perry’s parents, John Bennett Perry and Suzanne Morrison, as well as his stepfather, “Dateline” journalist Keith Morrison, were observed making their way to the actor’s residence on Saturday night.
People magazine received a statement from Perry’s family on Sunday in which they expressed their “heartbreak at the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother.”
The statement said, “As an actor and a friend, Matthew brought so much joy to the world.” “He loved you all so much, and we are grateful for the incredible show of love.”
Perry was open about his difficulties.
In his biography “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir,” which was published in November 2022, he talked candidly about his journey to overcome addiction and his commitment to serving others.
“There is nothing I love more than helping people who come to me and say, ‘I can’t stop drinking. Can you help me?'” When he discussed his book last year on the podcast “Q With Tom Power,” he remarked, “I can say ‘yes’ and follow up and do it.”
Perry continued by saying that “his paramount thing is that he wants to help people” and that he wished to be remembered as “someone who lived well, loved well, was a seeker.”
“I want that,” he declared.
At the height of his success on “Friends,” Perry struggled with addiction, and he said in the interview that this prevented him from watching the program.
The cast of “Friends,” which aired from 1994 to 2004, included Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc in addition to Perry.
The actors have not yet responded to Perry’s passing.
Co-creators of “Friends,” Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and executive producer Kevin Bright, expressed their shock and great sadness over the loss of their cherished buddy Matthew in a statement to CNN on Sunday.
It still doesn’t seem realistic. They wrote in their statement, “All we can say is that we feel lucky to have had him in our lives. “He has exceptional talent. The expression “an actor makes a role their own” is overused, but in Matthew’s instance, it couldn’t be more accurate. We couldn’t have chosen anybody else to play Chandler Bing since the day we heard him play the part.
“We will always treasure the joy, the light, and the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment – not just to his work, but to life as well,” the statement continued. He was the most humorous guy in the room all the time. More than that, he had the sweetest heart, full of selflessness and generosity. This is, in fact, the one when our hearts break.