Matthew Perry’s drug death could spark multiple charges, according to US law enforcement sources

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Matthew Perry's autopsy found he was killed by "acute effects of ketamine".
Matthew Perry's autopsy found he was killed by "acute effects of ketamine". Credit: AAP

A US law enforcement source claims that “multiple people” should be charged in connection with the drug death of Friends star Matthew Perry in 2023.

The law enforcement investigative source told PEOPLE that the probe into Perry’s ketamine death on October 28 last year was “nearing its conclusion”, with the US Attorney’s Office set to decide ultimately on whether charges would be pressed.

“Police believe ‘multiple people’ should be charged,” according to the outlet.

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The 54-year-old’s demise was ruled an accidental death resulting from ingesting the drug and other contributing factors, which included drowning and coronary artery disease.

However, the Los Angeles Police Department has also been involved in a probe into the circumstances of his death. That particular investigation, PEOPLE was told, was being done in conjunction with the DEA and US Postal services in a bid to find out the source of the ketamine that killed the star.

Perry’s struggles with addiction have been well documented.

A year before his death, he wrote in his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, that “There is a hell. Don’t let anyone tell you different. I’ve been there; it exists; end of discussion”.

He also documented in the book how his early alcoholism turned into drug addiction following a jet ski crash while filming Fools Rush in in 1997.

“You can track the trajectory for my addiction if you gauge my weight from season to season,” he wrote.


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