The first toxicological tests show no traces of the two substances
The death of American actor Matthew Perry was not caused by an overdose of fentanyl or methamphetamine. The star of the sitcom “Friends” (1994-2004), where he played Chandler Bing, a sweet and haughty character, died tragically in his Jacuzzi tub on Saturday 28 October at the age of 54 and the first tests ruled out the presence of one of the two substances in his system at the time of death. Several drugs were found in the actor’s Los Angeles home, such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs as well as a drug used to treat people with chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
As reported by TMZ, a gossip site dedicated to American celebrities, police sources have revealed that investigators have only carried out the first tests on the actor. Further toxicological tests are underway to check for the possible presence of other drugs in Perry’s blood and whether the levels of any prescribed drugs had risen to a harmful level. The results of these tests are expected to take four to six months, and the data will be used by the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.
The police said that Perry’s death occurred following a suspected drowning and that there were no signs of violence on the body but the Los Angeles Police Homicide-Robbery Division took over the investigation into his death which shocked Hollywood and the many fans of the “Friends” series.