VARIOUS prescription medications were found in Friends star Matthew Perry’s home after his death, police have claimed.
The beloved actor had anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and a COPD drug in his LA mansion, police told TMZ.
Police found multiple prescription drugs in Matthew Perry’s Los Angeles home after his death on SaturdayCredit: Getty
The last picture taken of Matthew Perry was October 21, with a downcast appearanceCredit: TheImageDirect.com
The actor shot to fame on US sitcom FriendsCredit: Getty
Aerial shots of the star’s home, where he was reportedly found in the jacuzziCredit: Sky News
First responders earlier said they did not find any illicit drugs at the scene and did not suspect any foul play.
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, refers to a group of breathing and air-flow diseases that includes emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Perry had long been a smoker.
Los Angeles County coroner will do a toxicology exam to determine if any drugs were in her system, but it could take months.
Perry was found dead in his jacuzzi on Saturday, where he is believed to have drowned.
Sources from law enforcement originally disclosed that they were called to the residents for a cardiac arrest.
Police initially said that no drugs were found at the scene and no foul play was suspected.
The outlet revealed that prior to the tragedy, Perry came home after a two-hour game of pickleball, and sent his assistant out on an errand shortly after.
Pickleball is a racket game played on a court a quarter of the size of a tennis court, with a lower net.
The game has rocketed in popularity after a number of Hollywood celebrities started promoting it during lockdown.
The assistant is said to have returned about two hours later, where he discovered Perry unresponsive and reached out to emergency services.
The U.S. Sun witnessed Perry’s father looking distraught as he arrived in his car and spoke to officers before slowly walking back to his vehicle and being allowed under the cordon.
The U.S. Sun also learned investigators turned up at Perry’s Los Angeles mansion around 7pm local time and were waiting for the coroner.
The 911 call was said to have been made around 4pm, and investigators spent hours at the house as Matthew’s family were seen looking distraught as they arrived at the scene.
They left some hours later and the medical examiner arrived about 10.35pm and was still at the property with the body in the residence at gone midnight.
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Neighbor saw ‘too much’ and left ‘disturbed’
A neighbor, 17, told The U.S Sun he and his younger siblings saw “too much” and were left “disturbed” when the police arrived and found Matthew unresponsive in the backyard jacuzzi.
It understood some neighbors could see over their back fences as the drama unfolded.
“I was actually home when the ambulance showed up and looked outside, I was just about to head to my friend’s house,” he said.
“They were outside my neighbor’s door. I didn’t think much of it at the time until police started arriving and everything. They didn’t hammer the door, they kept silent.
“It was very disturbing, and very sad after all those years.. from what he’s gone through and his addictions and whatever.
“I saw everything, I feel bad for my younger siblings.
“I was very sad. At the same time I did kind of expect it in some sense, but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. He’d not lived there long.
“I was very heartbroken to see what happened. I encountered him once, he was very friendly, friendlier than I thought.
“Very nice genuine guy. I’ve always looked up to Matthew and he’s probably one of my favorite actors of all time. He made the funniest jokes on the show.
“I just hope his friends and family can come together at this time.”
Perry downsized to the home in Pacific Palisades by the beach after selling his multi-million-dollar penthouse and neighbors say he spent months remodeling the swimming pool and backyard, feeling this was where he may spend his retirement years.
One said: “The work was loud and going on for weeks. I think he was upset at his contractor it was taking so long. The noise only stopped about a week ago, and to think he has barely enjoyed the pool. Now he’s gone. It’s incredible sad.”
Perry had a regular sober coach who would spend time with him, along with other friends in recovery, but spent most of his days alone with his assistant.
The actor was last seen out at a restaurant called The Apple Pan in Los Angeles.
He appeared downcast, despite being out with friends.
Perry’s final post on Instagram also showed him enjoying a dip in what appeared to be a jacuzzi.
The caption read: “Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman.”
Just a week before his death Perry mentioned playing pickleballCredit: Instagram/mattyperry4
WAS MATTHEW MARRIED?
In 2019, The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that he was romantically linked to Molly Hurwitz
Matthew starred alongside Julia Roberts on the US sitcom who is is also believed to have datedCredit: Getty
Prior to his death, Perry was believed to be single.
In December 2019, The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that he was romantically linked to Molly Hurwitz.
Perry confirmed to People in 2020: “I decided to get engaged.”
The relationship ended shortly after, however, with the star revealing to the outlet that they had called it quits in June 2021.
After launching to celebrity status, it was only fair he bagged himself a Hollywood actress for a girlfriend – enter Julia Roberts.
The pair hit it off after the Pretty Woman actress made a guest appearance on Friends.
They dated from 1995 to 1996.
He enjoyed a number of other Hollywood romances with Yasmine Bleeth, Scream star Neve Campbell and The Bold and the Beautiful star Maeve Quinlan.
Matthew also dated Gilmore Girls star, Lauren Graham, in 2003.
They worked together multiple times over the years – they even played exes in The Odd Couple.
Matthew and Rachel Dunn looked like they were heading for marriage during their two-year romance.
Though he and the former fashion student had a 14-year age gap, they made their relationship work from 2003 until 2005 before calling it quits.
Not long after things ended with Rachel, Matthew then started dating Mean Girls star, Lizzy Caplan.
STARS PAY TRIBUTE
Maggie Wheeler, who played Matthew’s on-screen girlfriend Janice in Friends, has paid tributeCredit: AFP
A host of TV personalities, actors and former colleagues have raced to social media to pay tribute to the talented actor.
TalkTV star and Sun Columnist Piers Morgan said Matthew was “a great actor, but by his own admission, a very tormented guy. His recent autobiography about his addiction-ravaged life was one of the most powerful, honest and revealing I’ve ever read. Such sad news.”
Maggie Wheeler, the actress who played Janice Hosenstein on Friends and starred alongside Perry, posted a tribute to him on Instagram.
“What a loss. The world will miss you Mathew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on,” she wrote.
“I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”
Wheeler’s character on Friends was a longtime on-and-off girlfriend of Perry’s character, Chandler Bing.
Actress Morgan Fairchild, who played Matthew mum in the US sitcom, said she was in “shock” and “heartbroken” at the death of her “son”.
She penned a heartfelt caption which read: “I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my “son”, Matthew Perry.
“The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. I’m sending love & condolences to his friends & family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Flamingo Road & Falcon Crest.”
Hollywood star Selma Blair posted a photograph of the two of them on Instagram following the tragic news.
“My oldest boy friend. All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams,” she wrote.
The actor Wendell Pierce, who starred alongside Perry in the remake of The Odd Couple, wrote: “Damn. For two years Matthew Perry was my boss, my colleague, and a giving, kind, funny man. I pray and hope he is at peace.”
NBC, the network that aired Friends, said: “He 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.”
Mira Sorvino, who starred with Perry in the 1994 TV ensemble movie “Parallel Lives,” reflected on his “singular” humor.
“Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!! May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!!” Sorvino wrote on X.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer took to Instagram to pay her tributes to the star.
“I’m incredibly saddened to hear of Matthew Perry’s passing today,” she wrote.
“His gift to the world will be remembered forever.
“Sending love to Matthew’s family, friends, co-stars and millions of fans around the world.”
Pop juggernaut Adele stopped her show abruptly when she learned the news.
“He was so open with his struggles with addiction and sobriety, which I think is incredibly, incredibly brave,” she told the crowd.
“I just wanna say how much I love what he did for all of us.”
And Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who knew Matthew when the two were kids from when Perry’s mother worked as press secretary to his father, Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, described his death was “shocking and saddening.”
He said: “I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them.
“Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed.”
Warner Bros Television Group, which produced Friends for its entire run from 1994 to 2004, said it was a “heartbreaking day” in a statement.
It read: “We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros Television Group family.
“The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”
FANS IN SHOCK
Shortly after news of his passing broke, heartbroken fans flocked to social media to pay tribute to the late star.
One person posted on X, formerly Twitter: “Please don’t tell me this Matthew Perry [news] is true.”
“Unbelievable. Rest in peace,” a second fan reacted with.
A third user wrote: “RIP. That’s horrid,” and another added, “No. Unbelievable, only 54! He was my favorite from Friends!”
Even longtime TV personality Piers Morgan reacted: “The Friends star was a great actor, but by his own admission, a very tormented guy.
“His recent autobiography about his addiction-ravaged life was one of the most powerful, honest and revealing I’ve ever read. Such sad news.”
Perry, who was born in Massachusetts but grew up in Canada, spent 10 seasons playing Chandler on Friends and was beloved by viewers.
Off-screen, however, he faced his share of struggles.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
In the months and years leading up to his death, the star left fans worried he’d fallen back into old habits.
Many noted that at times, he appeared disheveled.
The actor was seen moving into a new home in Los Angeles in February.
His graying hair was mussed and he appeared red in the face.
Perry was wearing old somewhat tattered clothes in photos from the sighting.
The Fools Rush In actor sipped on a drink from Starbucks as he took a brief break from moving.
The sighting came after Perry wrapped up his whirlwind book tour.
In the memoir, he shared shocking details about his life and past issues.
In his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Candid, Darkly Funny Book, The Longest Yard star opened up about his struggles.
He spoke candidly about battling addiction – something he’s been open with fans about through the years.
In 2018, at the age of 49, he suffered a gastrointestinal perforation as a result of his extreme opiate usage.
He was given just a two percent chance of living after being comatose for two weeks.
The entertainer had to use a colostomy bag while his colon healed.
Perry revealed that while his body was relying on the bag, he woke up covered in his own feces “50 to 60” times throughout the five months he was hospitalized.
“I had s**t all over my face, all over my body, in the bed next door,” he confessed.
“When it breaks, it breaks. You have to get nurses.”
He also revealed that he lost all his top teeth in the midst of his addiction battle.
Perry revealed that at the height of his addiction, he was consuming about 55 Vicodin pills a day and weighed just 128 pounds.
He did a stint in rehab but continued to struggle.
In his chilling last post, Matthew was seen relaxing in his pool and hot tubCredit: instagram
Matthew’s dad John Bennett Perry was seen arriving at his son’s home after hearing the tragic newsCredit: Lalo for The US Sun
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