Robbery homicide detectives are currently looking into the circumstances surrounding Matthew Perry's passing, even though there are no apparent signs of foul play.
The beloved Friends actor is thought to have tragically drowned in his jacuzzi on October 28, following a sudden cardiac arrest.
Perry had apparently returned home after a game of picketball and had sent his assistant out on an errand. When she returned several hours later, she discovered the star unresponsive in the hot tub, according to The Mirror.
While investigators have stated that they see no indications of foul play and have found no illegal substances at the scene, an autopsy has already been carried out.
However, the definitive cause of Perry's demise will depend on the results of the pending toxicology reports, as per CNN.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office has updated its online record for Perry, currently listing the cause of death as 'deferred.'
"In cases where the cause of death cannot be determined at the time of autopsy, a deferred certificate will be issued until additional studies have been completed," says the LA coroner's guidelines.
Matthew Perry's passing has attracted the attention of the LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division (RHD), as reported by TMZ. This might seem surprising, given that initial reports did not suggest any suspicious circumstances.
However, such investigations are standard protocol for high-profile cases, as the RHD possesses the necessary expertise and resources to handle these situations effectively.
The LAPD clarified to the outlet that the division's objective is simply to ensure that there was no "nefarious" activity surrounding the demise of The Whole Nine Yards star and to eliminate any lingering doubts.
In the past, Perry had been candid about his struggles with substance abuse, admitting that he couldn't watch Friends at one point because it reminded him of his past addictions.
He discussed this during an interview on Q With Tom Power in November 2022, stating: "I didn't watch the show and haven't watched the show because I could go drinking… opiates… drinking… cocaine. Like I could tell season by season by how I looked.
"And I don't think anybody else can, but I certainly could. And that's why I don't want to watch it because that's what I see, that's what I noticed when I watch it."
In his memoir 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,' Perry delved into his struggles, revealing that when he was skinny, he was taking pills, and when he gained weight, he turned to drinking. He even humorously noted that if he had a goatee, it meant he was on "lots of pills."
During his Q With Tom Power interview, Perry was asked about how he hoped to be remembered. He replied with a profound sentiment, saying, "The best thing about me, bar none, is that if somebody comes to me and says, 'I can't stop drinking, can you help me?' I can say 'yes' and follow up and do it."
The actor from 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' further expressed his desire to be remembered as 'somebody who lived well, loved well, was a seeker' and that 'his paramount thing is that he wants to help people'.
"That's what I want," he said.
Following Perry's tragic passing, his devastated family issued a statement to People magazine, portraying him as a cherished son and brother.
"Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend," it read. "You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."