Matthew Perry’s drug death ‘could spark charges of multiple people’

A month after it emerged police were still probing the circumstances of the tortured actor’s shock passing, it’s been reported Matthew Perry’s drug death may result in “multiple people” being charged.



Matthew Perry’s drug death may result in ‘multiple people’ being charged
Matthew Perry’s drug death may result in ‘multiple people’ being charged

Matthew Perry’s drug death may result in “multiple people” being charged.

The ‘Friends’ star was found dead aged 54 in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home in October 2023, with an autopsy revealing he had been killed by “acute effects of ketamine”.

A police source has now told People several people could – and should – be charged in connection to the actor’s shock passing after his years of battling drink and drugs addictions that left him on the verge of death before he sought help in rehab.

The outlet reported: “A law enforcement investigative source (says the) investigation into Matthew Perry’s ketamine death is ‘nearing its conclusion’ and police believe ‘multiple people’ should be charged.”

It added: “The source says the US Attorney’s Office will make the ultimate decision on whether or not to press charges.”

It was reported in May local police and federal agents were trying to identify where the actor – who spent years battling drink and drug addictions – bought the drug.

TMZ reported at the time: “Law enforcement sources tell us there is an ongoing investigation into where Matthew got the ketamine that ended up playing a part in his death – and the main questions are who provided the drug, and under what circumstances.”

Its report went on: ‘Our sources say both local police and the DEA have been looking into this matter for months, but it’s unclear where exactly investigators are in the probe.

“We do know they’ve already interviewed some key people in Hollywood.

“While our sources could not provide names they told us investigators have approached and spoken to people who are known to have a history of drug use or abuse.

“We’re told those people are not necessarily the actual source of ketamine, but they could have information leading to the source.

“So far, no arrests have been made.”

The LA County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed in December Matthew’s death was drug related.

Drowning, coronary artery disease and buprenorphine effects were also listed as other contributing factors in his passing.

At the time, a medical expert speculated to Page Six the actor had “likely” obtained ketamine illegally for “recreational use”.

Even though Matthew was undergoing ketamine treatment for anxiety and depression at the time of his passing, his autopsy report noted “the ketamine in his system at death could not be from that infusion therapy”.

Matthew’s ‘Friends’ co-stars have continued to honour him since his death, with his on-screen lover Courteney Cox, 60, telling ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ she thinks he still “visits” her – adding: “I sense Matthew’s around for sure.”