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Matthew Perry im November 2022 in Los Angeles

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The US actor Matthew Perry has died from the acute consequences of taking the anesthetic ketamine. This emerges from the results of the autopsy of the 54-year-old "Friends" actor, which has now been published.

Perry had been pronounced dead on Oct. 28 after he was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office said in the autopsy report that Perry also drowned in the hot tub, but that was likely a secondary factor in his death on Oct. 28. Death is considered an accident. The report goes on to say that coronary artery disease and buprenorphine, which is used to treat opioid addiction, also contributed to his death.

Ketamine is an anesthetic used in human and veterinary medicine. It is also used in low dosages as an intoxicant and party drug.

In his autobiography published in 2022, the actor had written openly about his decades-long battle with alcohol, drug and pill addiction.

From 1994 to 2004, Perry was part of the ensemble of »Friends«, one of the most successful TV series ever. His then-co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer attended Perry's funeral, according to media reports. The six actors were close friends in their private lives.

The "Friends" crew had published a joint statement in "People" magazine on the death of their colleague: "We are all deeply shocked by the loss of Matthew," it said. " We were more than just fellow actors. We're a family." From 1994 to 2004, the five, along with Perry, starred in every episode of all ten seasons of the sitcom.

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