Friends star Matthew Perry’s body ‘was not in hot tub for long’ as new details emerge over his tragic death

New details have emerged about Matthew Perry's tragic death over the weekend.

The late star died on Saturday at the age of 54 in an apparent drowning accident in his hot tub.

It's now being reported that Matthew's body was 'not in his hot tub for very long' before he was found.

American publication TMZ reports that law enforcement sources claim his body was 'not waterlogged' when first responders arrived at his Los Angeles home, indicating he was unlikely to have been there for an extended period.

The Friends actor had reportedly played pickleball earlier in the day and later sent his personal assistant out to 'run errands.'

When the assistant returned to his home, they called 911 after finding Matthew 'unresponsive' in the Jacuzzi.

The exact cause of Matthew's death is still under investigation, but it is understood that he suffered a cardiac arrest.

TMZ also reports that no illegal drugs were found at the star's home, although there were antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications.

Sources also told the publication that law enforcement found a 'COPD drug in the house.'

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease medication can be used to treat people suffering from emphysema or chronic bronchitis.

The actor had been a smoker, with reports that he had been trying to quit. Nicorette patches and Nicorette were also found at his house.

In a joint statement shared with People, the heartbroken Friends cast broke their silence over Matthew's death, revealing that they are "utterly devastated."

They stated: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now, we're going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss."

They added: "In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."

Friends first aired in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons, concluding with a record-breaking finale in 2004 with over 50 million viewers.

In his memoir, Matthew revealed that he found it difficult to watch the show as it brought back memories of his struggles with addiction.

He stated: "I didn't watch the show, and haven't watched the show, because I could go, drinking, opiates, drinking, cocaine. I could tell season by season by how I looked. That's why I don't want to watch it, because that's what I see."

A friend who was in rehab with Matthew told the Daily Mail that he had been in a better place before his death and was thought to be staying sober.

They said: "It's such tragic news. Everyone is praying he didn't relapse. Matt was a genuinely lovely guy. He was always the first to welcome newcomers to the group and would always volunteer to help and be of service."

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