Authorities have finally revealed the cause of death of a famous actor who was found dead in his hot tub.
Mathew Perry, star of the hit show FRIENDS, was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home on Saturday, October 28. Authorities did not immediately say what caused Perry’s death but added that revealed that his cause of death has been deferred with the investigation considered ongoing.
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However, the Los Angeles coroner’s office on Friday revealed that Perry died as a result of too much ketamine in his system. The autopsy revealed that the level of ketamine in Perry’s system is consistent with that of a hospital patient under general anesthetic.
“The County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner determined the cause of death for 54-year-old actor Matthew Langford Perry as the acute effects of ketamine,” the Los Angeles coroner’s office said Friday. “Contributing factors in Mr Perry’s death include drowning, coronary artery disease, and the effects of buprenorphine (used to treat opioid use disorder). The manner of death is an accident.”
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According to the medical examiner, Perry had been receiving ketamine infusion therapy as a treatment for depression. The star had his last session of the treatment over a week before his death.
The late actor’s ketamine levels were at 3,540 ng/ml in peripheral blood, and 3,271 ng/ml in central blood. A blood ketamine level of 1,000 – 6,000 ng/ml would be normal for a patient under general anesthetic.
“At the high levels of ketamine found in his postmortem blood specimens, the main lethal effects would be from both cardiovascular overstimulation and respiratory depression,” the medical examiner, Raffi Djabourian, said. “Drowning contributes due to the likelihood of submersion into the pool as he lapsed into unconsciousness; coronary artery disease contributes due to exacerbation of ketamine-induced myocardial effects on the heart.”
The medical examiner found that Perry had no alcohol, cocaine, heroin, meth or fentanyl in his system.