Matthew Perry’s death, investigations and hypotheses: what we know

The 54-year-old actor drowned in the hot tub

An apparent drowning would be the cause of the death of Matthew Perry, the 54-year-old actor who played the character Chandler Bing in the popular TV series “Friends”. Details on the circumstances in which the disappearance occurred were provided by the gossip site TMZ and the “Los Angeles Times” newspaper. The lifeless body of the American star was found around 4pm local time on Saturday 28 October in her home in the Los Angeles area, inside the Jacuzzi tub.

No drugs were found at the scene of the death nor are hypotheses linked to a murder being evaluated: at the moment the police’s preferred lead seems to be that of an illness, even if other possibilities are not excluded. Robbery and homicide detectives from the police department are investigating the cause of death and have revealed that the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause.

Matthew Perry, again according to the first rumours, would have done physical activity on the morning of Saturday 28 October, returning home after two hours of pickleball, a racket sport similar to tennis but played on a smaller court. Then he would send his assistant on errands. Once he returned home, the assistant called 911 because Perry was unresponsive.

Shortly thereafter the LAPD blocked the entrance to Blue Sail Drive, a posh street just off Pacific Coast Highway on the crest of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the actor’s home was surrounded with the yellow and black ribbon. Shortly after 7pm local time, as several helicopters flew over the area, Perry’s mother, Suzanne Marie Langford, and her husband, TV host Keith Morrison, arrived at the house. Morrison declined to comment on what happened with reporters.

“We are devastated. Matthew was a true gift for all of us. Our thoughts go out to his family, his loved ones and all his fans” is the memory posted on Sunday morning by the official “Friends” account.

“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry,” Warner Bros Television Group, which produced ‘Friends’, said in a statement. “Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner family. The impact of his Comedic genius has been felt around the world and his legacy will live on in the hearts of many. This is a heartbreaking day and we send our love to his family, loved ones and all of his devoted fans.”

The NBC network, which broadcast “Friends” in the US, wrote in a statement: “We are incredibly saddened by the passing of Matthew Perry too soon. He brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world in his time perfect comedians and his wit. His legacy will live on through countless generations.”