Matthew Perry almost died after his colon burst from drug overuse
Matthew Perry‘s struggles with opioids nearly cost him his life.
Perry, now 53, spent two months in a coma and five months in the hospital to recover. He was also required to use a colostomy bag nine months. In this week’s cover story, he said that doctors had told his family that he had a 2 percent chance of living. “I was placed on an ECMO machine that does all the breathing for your heart. This is called a Hail Mary. That is the end of it. “
Matthew Perry attends “The Circle” premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 26, 2017 in New York City.
Matthew Perry reveals he almost died after his colon burst from drug overuse
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His troubles with alcohol began when he was first cast in Friends in the early ’90s, at the age of 24. “I could manage it, sort of. But by the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble,” Perry said. “But I was sober for many years during that time.” The sitcom’s penultimate season 9, circa 2002, “was the year that I was sober the whole way through,” Perry said. Guess which season I was nominated as best actor? “That should tell you something,” I thought.
At one of his lowest points, the actor — who has long been vocal about his addiction troubles during his time on the sitcom — took 55 Vicodins a day and weighed 128 pounds. Perry stated, “I didn’t know how I could stop.” “If the police came to my house and said, “If you drink tonight, we’re taking you to jail,” I would pack. Because the addiction and disease are progressive, I couldn’t stop. It gets worse and worse as you age. “
Costars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc were understanding and patient with him, Perry shared. It’s like penguins. When one of the penguins is injured or sick in nature, the other penguins will surround it and prop it upright. They walk around the penguin until it can walk independently. This is what the cast did for my. “
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Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox on ‘Friends’
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Perry, who has entered rehab about 15 times, said he’s “pretty healthy now,” sharing that he is determined to help others battling the same demons. He is also grateful to be alive. Perry stated, “I wanted to share when it was safe from going back into the dark side” of everything. To write it down, I had to wait until my alcoholism and addiction was gone. The main thing was that I was certain it would help people. “
Perry is most beloved for his role as the sarcastic Chandler Bing in Friends, which he starred in throughout all 10 seasons. He recently reunited with his costars for HBO Max’s 2021 reunion special. Perry’s most recent TV credits include The Odd Couple, The Good Fight, and The Kennedys After Camelot.
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