Matthew Perry offered advice for others struggling with addiction in his final interview before his tragic death.
The actor died on Saturday aged just 54 “after drowning in his hot tub at home”.
Perry became famous for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit 90s sitcom “Friends,” which ran for ten seasons.
Law enforcement sources revealed that the actor was found in a Los Angeles home on Saturday after first responders were called to the scene for a cardiac arrest.
In his last interview in November 2022, he promoted his book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing and talked about how “people can change” if they are able to overcome addiction.
Friendly: Matthew Perry offered advice for others struggling with addiction in his final interview before his tragic death
Terrible news: The actor died on Saturday aged just 54 “after drowning in his hot tub at home.”
He said: “I want people to understand that they are not alone and that there are other people who feel exactly the way they feel.”
“That their behavior is not crazy, that they have an illness and it is not their fault.” There is a very famous phrase that people don’t change. I happen to know that people change.
“And I see that every day. I see that people are doing better. I see the lights going on in their eyes and them getting through the horrible part of addiction and detox and being able to live a normal life as long as they do a certain amount of work every day.”
The clip was released to promote the actor’s memoir, in which he wrote about addiction to alcohol and painkillers.
Matthew’s cause of death was announced on Sunday after news of his death shocked his global fanbase.
Sources claim he was found in the home’s hot tub, but no drugs were found at the scene and there was no evidence of crime.
The Los Angeles Times reported that authorities responded to his home around 4 p.m. and found him unresponsive.
A source told the outlet that there were signs of foul play and that Robbery and Homicide detectives were investigating his death.
Hope: In his last interview, he promoted his book “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” and talked about how “people can change” when they are able to overcome addiction
Journey: The clip was released to promote the actor’s memoir, in which he wrote about addiction to alcohol and painkillers
In his latest post on Instagram, which he shared earlier this week, the star shared pictures of himself in his pool and said, “Oh, that warm water swirling around makes you feel good? ‘I’m Mattman.’
Perry opened up publicly about his problems with drugs and alcohol after first entering rehab for an alleged painkiller addiction following a jet ski accident in 1997.
After this first stay, he went to rehab again in 2001 and 2011. In an interview in 2016, he said that he didn’t remember filming three seasons of Friends.
A long-time friend of Perry’s who was in recovery with him told DailyMail.com: “Everyone is in complete shock.” People are crying on the phone and struggling to accept this news.
“It’s no secret that he has struggled with drugs and alcohol for years, but the last time I spoke to him, which was a few weeks ago, he seemed to be doing well.”
“He was upbeat and sounded sober and positive.”
“He was in rehab 17 times and almost died from opioid abuse, but he was someone who was sincere about taking his own life and losing his sobriety every day.”
“This is such tragic news.” Everyone is praying that he doesn’t relapse. Matt was a really nice guy. He was always the first to welcome newcomers to the group and was always willing to help and assist.
“We are all finding it difficult to come to terms with this terrible news.”
The official Friends Instagram account has now paid tribute to Matthew.
An official joint statement from Friends and Warner Bros TV paid tribute to Perry on Saturday following the sad news.
The reports said: “We are devastated to learn of the death of Matthew Perry. “He was a true gift to us all.
“Our condolences go out to his family, his loved ones and all his fans.”
The cast of Saturday Night Live also paid tribute to the star shortly after the former Friends star’s sudden death.
A black-and-white image of Perry concluded the latest episode of NBC’s late-night sketch show, hosted on this occasion by comedian Nate Bargatze.
Perry himself had previously hosted the show on October 4, 1997, at the height of his mainstream fame with the American sitcom Friends, which featured indie band Oasis as musical guests.
After Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox co-hosted in 1995, he became the fourth star of the hit show to appear as Saturday Night Live host, with Lisa Kudrow appearing the following year.
Tough: Perry publicly opened up about his problems with drugs and alcohol after he first checked into rehab for what he said was a painkiller addiction following a jet ski accident in 1997
Heartbreaking: On Sunday, Matthew’s cause of death was revealed after news of his death shocked his global fanbase
Iconic: Perry rose to fame for his role as “Chandler Bing” on the hit 90s sitcom “Friends,” which ran for ten seasons
Perry’s one-episode tenure included a “Friends” parody in which the actor played female roommate Joey – a character made famous by Matt LeBlanc – while Colin Quinn played an effeminate version of Chandler.
Others who have paid tribute to the late star include singer Adele, who interrupted her show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the site of her ongoing Las Vegas residency, to talk about the actor, whom she described as “probably the best comedic character of all times.’
“It’s always so shocking, especially someone who made you laugh and brought so much joy into your life that you don’t know.” I find that so strange, I’ve never met him in my life. “There’s something about it that makes you feel so sad, especially because you don’t necessarily know what’s going on,” she told the crowd.
“I will remember this character for the rest of my life,” she added of Perry’s Friends character Chandler Bing. “He’s probably the best comedic character ever.”