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Fans are reeling from the death of Matthew Perry, the star of the television sitcom Friends after news of his death broke last week. Perry was 54 years old and was found unresponsive in the jacuzzi of his home in Pacific Palisades, CA. At the time of the 911 call, the death appeared to be a drowning. However once first responders arrived, Perry’s cause of death was deferred pending further investigation.
While the exact cause of the actor’s unexpected passing remains undetermined, an initial toxicology report was able to rule out the presence of at least two major drugs.
Matthew Perry battled issues with substance abuse which he spoke about openly in recent years. As a result, many fans and loved ones are concerned that drug use may have played a role in his untimely death.
While conducting early investigations, law enforcement officials ran a less-in-depth toxicology test on Perry which ruled out the influence of the drugs fentanyl and meth. However, these findings do not rule out the potential presence of other illicit drugs in Perry’s blood.
A police source told TMZ that more in-depth tests will be conducted as a part of the complete toxicology exam to determine whether the entertainer was under the influence of other illegal substances or if he took lethal doses of any prescription medication. Prescription medications were found on-site at the home.
According to sources close to Perry, the 54-year-old was sober and happier than ever before his death, which seems to be in line with the initial toxicology findings. Ultimately, the final analysis will take about 4-6 months to be verified, which is the time necessary to carry out the remaining toxicology tests.