Matthew Perry Autopsy Completed, But Cause of Death Delayed

Matthew Perry at the Disney ABC Television Group Summer 2010 Press Tour, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. 08-01-10. (Credit: Shutterstock)

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has completed its autopsy on actor Matthew Perry, but the results have been “deferred” pending additional tests.

The preliminary medical examiner’s report was released on Sunday, and the online records database lists the case as “open.”

People magazine reports the coroner’s office is awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

The tests can take between four and six months, according to the coroner’s website. The department says the process takes so long because of “thoroughness” and the fact that there’s been a “significant increase in drug deaths” in L.A. County over the past couple of years.

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Perry was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in L.A.’s exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 28. He was 54.

Over the weekend, tributes from some of his co-stars and colleagues in the industry poured in.

A tribute on the official Friends account on X (formerly Twitter) read, “We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry’s passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans.”

Besides his breakout role as Chandler Bing on the 1990s sitcom, Perry starred in films including Fools Rush In, The Whole Nine Yards, and Serving Sara. He also co-starred alongside Zac Efron in the 2009 film 17 Again.

Nick at Nite aired a special dedicated to his life titled Matthew Perry: Thanks for Being a Friend on Sunday night.

The special was produced by Entertainment Tonight, and included never-before-seen interviews with Perry as well as anecdotes about his favorite moments as Chandler, and his special bond with co-stars, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer.

Per the network’s programming schedule, the special airs again tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.