Friends star Matthew Perry cause of death update as autopsy toxicology tests come back

There has been an update on Friends star Matthew Perry's cause of death update after autopsy toxicology tests came back.

Initial toxicology tests did not show any fentanyl or meth in Matthew's system at the time of death. The full test will reveal if the former Friends star had harmful amounts of prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death.

Matthew Perry 'was sober and active in AA program' in the lead up to his tragic passing, aged 54. The iconic Chandler Bing actor tragically passed away on Saturday due to an apparent drowning in a hot tub, leaving his celebrity pals and fans across the world devastated.

It is not confirmed whether Matthew had any drugs in his system at the time of passing, and an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Coroner is set to be conducted today (October 29). The results of this autopsy may not be known for months.

Matthew openly shared his battle with addiction, as detailed in his honest memoir released last year. He became addicted to the painkiller Vicodin after a 1997 jet skiing accident. At the peak of his addiction, he was taking 55 tablets a day before his first stint in rehab.

He revealed that during his fight with addiction, he underwent 14 surgeries and entered rehab more than a dozen times, according to Today.

He said: "The doctors told my family that I had a two percent chance to live. That's the time I really came close to my life ending."

In his memoir, Perry wrote that he spent over $7million on his journey to sobriety – later stating in a New York Times interview that the figure was closer to $9million.

Alongside his 15 trips to rehab, he wrote: "I've been in a mental institution, gone to therapy twice a week for thirty years, been to death's door."

Two days after Matthew's shocking death, his former Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow released a joint statement.

In the statement shared with People, they said: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family."

"There is so much to say, but right now we're going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss."

They added: "In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."

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