The death of beloved "Friends" actor Matthew Perry continues to be a focal point of an ongoing investigation, as federal authorities intensify their probe into how Perry obtained the ketamine found in his system at the time of his death. Perry, who passed away on October 28, 2023, at the age of 54, was discovered unresponsive in his hot tub, leading to widespread shock and grief among fans and colleagues.

Federal authorities, including the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Perry’s death. According to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, several individuals could potentially face charges in connection with supplying the actor with the ketamine that contributed to his death. "The department has an open and ongoing investigation into Matthew Perry’s death," authorities confirmed.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office released an autopsy report in December, attributing Perry’s death to the "acute effects of ketamine." The report also listed drowning, coronary artery disease, and the presence of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction, as contributing factors. Notably, the medical examiner clarified that the ketamine detected in Perry’s stomach could not have come from his last ketamine infusion therapy, which was administered over a week before his death, given the drug’s short half-life of three to four hours.

Perry’s use of ketamine was part of his treatment for depression and anxiety, but the circumstances of how he acquired the drug have raised significant questions. Dr. Angelique Campen, an emergency room physician, emphasized the importance of medical supervision when using ketamine. "It needs to be used under doctor supervision," Dr. Campen stated. "It has to be with a cardiac monitor and oxygen monitor and under the care and supervision of a doctor."

The investigation has yet to name specific suspects, but authorities are reportedly getting closer to identifying the sources of the ketamine. The potential for criminal charges underscores the seriousness with which law enforcement is treating the case.

Perry’s death has not only sparked a criminal investigation but also led to an outpouring of memories and tributes from his friends and co-stars. Courteney Cox, who played Perry’s on-screen love interest on "Friends," shared her thoughts on CBS Sunday Morning. "I think he's probably one of the funniest human beings in the world," Cox said. "He is genuinely a huge heart—obviously struggled. I'm so thankful I got to work so closely with him for so many years."

Cox added a poignant note, reflecting on the lasting impact Perry had on those who knew him. "He visits me a lot, if we believe in that," she said. "I feel like there are a lot of people that guide us. I sense Matthew's around for sure."

Perry’s battle with addiction was well-documented, both in his public statements and in his 2022 memoir, "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing," where he candidly discussed his struggles with prescription painkillers and alcohol. His efforts to maintain sobriety and his advocacy for addiction recovery were central themes in his later life.

As the investigation continues, the potential for criminal charges looms over those who may have played a role in supplying Perry with ketamine. The actor’s tragic death serves as a stark reminder of the dangers associated with substance abuse and the critical need for proper medical oversight.

The Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies involved in the investigation have not disclosed further details but remain committed to uncovering the truth behind Perry’s death. The U.S. Attorney's Office has declined to comment on the status of the investigation.