Matthew Perry 911 Dispatch Audio Mentions ‘Drowning’
FollowingMatthew Perry's death, which we reported on last night, gossip website TMZ acquired the dispatch call made in response to the Friends actor’s drowning. The dispatch audio references “drowning” after Perry, 54, was found dead in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home on Saturday (October 28).
In the 15-second audio clip, a man says, “Agent 23. Rescue 23. EMS 9 on the radio. In response to the drowning,” as first responders were sent to Perry’s home after receiving a cardiac arrest call. Perry was discovered unresponsive at his home. No drugs or foul play were found at the scene, according to the outlet. The Los Angeles County Coroner is conducting an autopsy and toxicology testing to determine the cause of death.
His Family’s Statement
Perry’s mother, Suzanne Morrison, father John Bennett Perry, and stepfather Keith Morrison, arrived at the actor’s residence hours after his death on Saturday in footage also released by TMZ. His family addressed Perry’s death with a statement to TMZ: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.” His Friends co-stars have yet to release any statements about Perry.
Nearly a week prior to his death, Perry shared a photo of himself on Instagram in a jacuzzi. He wrote: “Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman.”
As we previously reported, Perry suffered from alcoholism and addiction issues. In his 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, the actor detailed his addiction journey. A few years ago, he almost died due to his colon bursting from opioid overuse. When Perry was first cast on Friends as Chandler Bing at 24, his alcohol addiction was just starting to surface. He wrote in his memoir, “I could handle it, kind of. But by the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble.”