- By Emma Saunders
- entertainment reporter
The cause of Matthew Perry’s death is unknown and has been “postponed” pending further investigation.
The LA Times and TMZ, which first reported that the Friends actor had died, said the star was found unconscious in a hot tub at his home on Saturday.
Perry’s postmortem examination was inconclusive, while officials await the results of toxicology tests.
This usually means that the autopsy is complete but more details are needed.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department told the BBC on Sunday that first responders went to an address in the Pacific Palisades area in connection with a “water emergency” of an unknown nature, but did not name Perry.
The Friends star, who has died aged 54, was best known for playing prankster Chandler Bing in the popular 1990s TV sitcom.
The show, which followed the fortunes of six young friends living in New York City, aired from 1994 to 2004.
Its final episode was watched by 52.5 million in the United States, making it the most-watched television episode of the 2000s.
But while at the peak of his fame, Perry struggled with addiction to painkillers and alcohol, and attended rehab clinics on multiple occasions.
In 2016, he told BBC Radio 2 that he couldn’t remember three years of filming Friends, due to drink and drugs.