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Police: Multiple Suspects Could Face Charges In Matthew Perry’s Death

 June 27, 2024

Authorities are nearing the completion of a criminal investigation into the tragic death of actor Matthew Perry, with law enforcement sources indicating several people may be charged.

Authorities believe multiple people are connected to Perry’s death, which resulted from "acute effects of ketamine" compounded by other health issues, as KTLA reports.

The investigation into Perry's death began after he was discovered unresponsive at his home in Pacific Palisades on Oct. 28, 2023. It was subsequently revealed by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner in December that the cause of death was attributed to "acute effects of ketamine."

Details of the Investigation

Law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Postal Inspector, initiated a criminal investigation to examine how Perry procured and consumed ketamine. Sources close to the investigation told PEOPLE magazine that they believe “multiple people” are involved and should face charges.

The autopsy report, which shed light on the circumstances of Perry’s death, noted that trace amounts of ketamine were found in his stomach.

Perry was known to have undergone ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety a week and a half prior to his death. However, the report clarified that the ketamine detected could not have originated from that therapy session given the substance's half-life of three to four hours.

Contributing Factors to Perry's Death

Ketamine is historically used as a dissociative anesthetic with hallucinogenic properties and has also gained popularity as a recreational “club drug.”

The official autopsy report listed drowning, coronary artery disease, and buprenorphine effects as contributing factors to Perry’s death. Buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder, was found alongside high levels of ketamine, which contributed to respiratory issues although it was not present at toxic levels.

Death Ruled Accidental

Despite the complex cocktail of substances found in Perry's system and the contributing health factors, the actor's death was ruled accidental.

Law enforcement sources mentioned that no fatal trauma was detected during the autopsy, and there was no sign of foul play.

The investigation is focused on understanding how Perry obtained the ketamine and whether any individuals facilitated its acquisition.

Federal and State Implications

The comprehensive investigation involves federal entities such as the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice, which have yet to make any formal comments on the ongoing case.

Should federal charges not be pursued, the case may be referred back to state prosecutors to consider charges at the state level.

Foundation Honors Perry's Legacy

Perry, widely recognized for his struggle with addiction, was public about his journey with drug and alcohol dependence. In the wake of his passing, Perry’s loved ones founded the Matthew Perry Foundation, aimed at helping those battling addiction.

An excerpt from the foundation's mission statement reads, “The Matthew Perry Foundation is the realization of Matthew’s enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction.” The foundation aims to honor Perry’s legacy by aiding others, guided by his experiences and dedication to making a positive impact.


The investigation into Matthew Perry’s untimely death is drawing to a close, with authorities considering charging multiple people in connection with the case. Perry's demise, resulting from acute ketamine effects and compounded by other health factors, has sparked a significant criminal investigation involving both local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Authorities continue to scrutinize the circumstances surrounding how Perry obtained and ingested ketamine. The ongoing efforts to honor Perry’s legacy through the Matthew Perry Foundation highlight his lifelong commitment to addressing substance abuse and supporting those in recovery.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the public and Perry’s loved ones await justice and the potential implications for those found culpable in his tragic death.