Matthew Perry Death Deserves Multiple Criminal Charges According to Law Enforcement

By Jeffrey Rapaport | Published

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The ongoing investigation into Matthew Perry’s tragic and untimely death has reached a critical juncture: law enforcement authorities believe that several individuals associated with the tragedy should potentially face criminal charges. Perry is inseparable from his iconic role as Chandler Bing on the hit TV series Friends–the actor passed away on October 28, 2023, at 54. The cause of death was the acute effects of ketamine. 

There’s Enough Evidence

As exclusive sources within law enforcement have informed the press, the investigation is drawing to a close–though the decision whether to press charges against any individuals involved in Perry’s death, let alone several people, rests with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Still, sources indicate with striking specificity that the police consider the evidence at hand sufficient enough to charge multiple people in the wake of Matthew Perry’s death. 

A significant element of this momentous development is the autopsy report put out by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Obtained by the press in December, the report revealed the actor succumbed to the acute effects of ketamine, although other factors, such as drowning, coronary artery disease, and buprenorphine effects, played roles. Buprenorphine is a drug often taken to combat opioid use disorder. 

The manner of the death, according to the report, was accidental. 

The LAPD Is Doing Its Own Investigation

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But by no means did the story stop with the autopsy—in fact, the Los Angeles Police Department began its own investigation just after the publication of the autopsy report of Matthew Perry’s death.

The investigation bent on unveiling all the facts surrounding Perry’s overdose, commencing in December as well, involving noteworthy collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Postal Inspector. 

Both these agencies endeavored to trace and ideally finger the source of the ketamine, the drug largely leading to Perry’s tragic death. 

Perry’s Long Fight With Addiction

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Currently, efforts on behalf of legacy publications like PEOPLE magazine to elicit a comment from the DEA have been met with silence; nor has the U.S. Attorney’s Office volunteered to commune with the media. 

It is generally known, however, that Matthew Perry was in the midst of ketamine infusion therapy at the time of his death. The infusion therapy comprises a treatment to manage the actor’s chronic pain and psychological challenges.

Fans know that in his memoir published a year before his death, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, the actor openly explored his battles with addiction alongside his journey towards sobriety. 

During a 2022 interview with PEOPLE, Perry voiced hope that sharing his story with the world would aid anyone else facing similar challenges. 

Perry’s Career

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In the mid 1990s, Perry’s career soared thanks to his role as Chandler Bing, beside the rest of the cast of Friends (now streaming on Netflix) from 1994 to 2004.

Perry earned respect and global fandom for his perfect comedic timing and sarcastic wit; his unshakable status as a fan favorite contributed greatly to the show’s immense popularity. 

Substance Abuse

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Saddening legions, Matthew Perry’s death also rekindled the debate surrounding the dangers of substance abuse; it also shed a spotlight on the responsibilities of those who supply controlled substances.

While the investigation is ongoing, the announcement of criminal charges highlights the gravity inherent to the tragedy and the seriousness with which authorities approach the case. 

Source: People