The star of the TV series ‘Friends,’ Matthew Perry, passed away as a result of ‘acute ketamine intoxication’ and subsequent drowning, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Blood analysis revealed a positive result for ketamine, known to treat depression and anxiety.
‘At a high level of ketamine found in his postmortem blood samples, the primary lethal effects are associated with both excessive stimulation of the cardiovascular system and respiratory depression,’ the report states. According to the statement, the death was ruled an accident.
Perry was found in the pool of his Malibu home on October 28. The 54-year-old actor was discovered ‘unconscious in a separate hot tub,’ reported a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department at the time.
The autopsy report mentions that Perry was ‘receiving ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety.’
It further explains that ketamine is used for medical and surgical purposes as an anesthetic, and it is also known as a recreational drug ‘largely due to its ‘dissociative’ nature, indicating a disconnect between the mind and body. It can also have short-term hallucinatory and psychedelic effects.’