Matthew Perry Cause of Death, 'Acute Effects of Ketamine'

Matthew Perry died from “the acute effects of ketamine,” a drug that is used to treat depression and is also used as a recreational drug.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office just released the toxicology report, concluding Perry had taken ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety a week-and-a-half before his death. The ketamine in his system at the time of his death, however, “could not be from that infusion therapy, since ketamine’s half-life is 3 to 4 hours, or less.”

According to the Medical Examiner, the ketamine in Perry’s system caused both cardiovascular overstimulation and respiratory depression.

The M.E. found no evidence of alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, PCP or fentanyl.

The contributory factors in Perry’s death including, drowning, coronary artery disease, and buprenorphine effects. Buprenorphine is used to ween addicts off opioids.

TMZ broke the story … on Oct. 28, Matthew was found unresponsive in his jacuzzi after playing 2 hours of pickleball at Riviera Country Club near his home in Pacific Palisades. First responders rushed to the property on a cardiac arrest call, and he was declared deceased on the scene after an apparent drowning.

matthew perry in hot tub

While Matthew was open about his history of substance abuse, no illicit narcotics were found at his home.

Like we told you … Matthew had played pickleball in the morning for a couple hours before returning home and sending his assistant on an errand. Sometime later, the assistant returned, discovered MP in the hot tub and then called 911.

Matthew’s death sent shockwaves through Hollywood … with tributes pouring in and tons of celebs honoring him and paying tribute.

Matthew Perry Most Recent Sighting Before Death

As we first reported … sources in daily contact with the late “Friends” star told us he had never been happier in the time leading up to his passing, committing to a new movie and loving the new home he had moved into just 3 weeks before he died there.

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