Official cause of death for Matthew Perry yet to be revealed

October 30, 2023

Fans of the classic television series "Friends" were saddened this past weekend to learn that star Matthew Perry died suddenly at his home.

While Perry is believed to have drowned in his hot tub, authorities have yet to confirm his exact cause of death. 

"Other significant conditions" said to have played a role

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office reportedly told Fox News on Sunday that "an autopsy was completed today, and toxicology results are pending."

The office went on to add that "other significant conditions" appear to have played a role in Perry's death but provided no clues as to what those clues might be.

While the actor struggled with substance abuse in the past, Fox News noted that police did not find drugs at the scene and no foul play is suspected.

Marta Kauffman and David Crane were the co-creators of "Friends" while Kevin Bright served as the program's executive producer. The trio provided Fox News with a statement lamenting Perry's death.

"Friends" co-creators "deeply saddened

"We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible," the statement began.

"All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives," it continued, adding, "He was a brilliant talent."

"It’s a cliche to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words. From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us," the statement stressed.

"We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment – not just to his work, but in life as well," it declared.

NBC Entertainment: "Brought so much joy to hundreds of millions"

NBC Entertainment issued a press release of its own on the social media platform previously known as Twitter, stating, "We are incredibly saddened by the too-soon passing of Matthew Perry."

The network recalled how Perry "brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world with his pitch-perfect comedic timing and wry wit. His legacy will live on through countless generations."
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