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Initial toxicology tests did not turn up any fentanyl or meth in Matthew Perry's system, according to a new report.
The late Friends star was found lifeless inside of a hot tube outside of his Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 54 years old. Throughout his life, Perry was open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol.
The preliminary test is less in depth than the full toxicology testing which is still pending but for the moment rules out a meth or fentanyl overdose as the cause of death, reports TMZ. The full test will reveal if Perry had harmful amounts of prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death.
It was previously reported that investigators found prescription drugs in the actor's home but all where were properly labeled and stored in pill bottles.
In his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry wrote that after his colon exploded in 2018, he was prescribed opiates which he deemed insufficient to deal with his pain, prompting him to turn to street dealers to supply him with fentanyl laced OxyContin.
'The street pills were something like $75 per pill, so I was giving the guy $3,000 at a time, many times a week,' he wrote.
Matthew Perry's shock death in the hot tub at his Los Angeles home on Saturday prompted an outpouring of grief
Perry's Friends co-stars saying they were 'devastated' by his death and that they had been more like family than castmates
After an initial investigation, the Los Angeles County coroner has deferred giving a cause of death, which may take weeks to determine. Those who knew him maintain that Perry was clean and sober at the time of his death.
Perry wrote at the beginning of his million-selling memoir: 'Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.'
On Sunday, Perry's book was ranked No. 1 on Amazon, supplanting Britney Spears' memoir.
Unknown at the time of the superhit that was Friends was the struggle Perry had with addiction and an intense desire to please audiences.
'Friends' was huge. I couldn't jeopardize that. I loved the script. I loved my co-actors. I loved the scripts. I loved everything about the show but I was struggling with my