Matthew Perry’s Autopsy Has Been Completed, Results Are Pending A Toxicology Report

Matthew Perry on Friends

This past Saturday, we were hit with the heartbreaking news that Friends star Matthew Perry had passed away at the age of 54 due to a suspected drowning in his hot tub at his Los Angeles home.

With that being said, we’re getting our first official update on Perry’s autopsy. The death is being classified as “deferred,” meaning that the medical examiner is needing additional investigation into Perry’s death, primarily, the results of toxicology report that could take weeks to complete. According to Fox News, “other significant conditions” were also listed by the coroner.

According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, deferred is given:

“In cases where the cause of death cannot be determined at the time of autopsy, a deferred certificate will be issued until additional studies have been completed.” 

Of course, most of us knew Perry as the iconic Chandler Bing on Friends, which he starred in from 1994 to 2004, but also for his roles in other TV shows such as Ally McBeal and The West Wing, as well as movie like The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole 10 Yards, Fools Rush In, Almost Heroes, Three to Tango, and 17 Again.

Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and executive producer Kevin Bright released a joint statement Sunday that, in part, read:

“We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives.

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. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart.

This truly is ‘The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken.'”

Needless to say, this one feels like a punch to the gut, as Perry has always been one of the most beloved personalities in acting.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock