friends who die young.
Law enforcement sources said the Friends star drowned and claim he was found in a jacuzzi on Saturday at a home in Los Angeles after first responders were called to the scene for a cardiac arrest.
Sources said he was found in a jacuzzi but that no drugs were discovered at the scene - and there was no indication of foul play.
Matthew's last Instagram was posted five days ago and sees him sitting in a jacuzzi at night while wearing headphones and looking out over the city.
He captioned the photo: 'Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I'm Mattman'.
Tragic: Matthew Perry 's last Instagram post shows him relaxing in his jacuzzi, just days before sources told Dailymail.com that the actor has died aged 54.
Devastating: Law enforcement sources said the Friends star drowned and claim he was found in a jacuzzi on Saturday at a home in Los Angeles after first responders were called to the scene for a cardiac arrest.
Matthew rose to fame for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit 90s sitcom Friends, which ran for 10 seasons.
Matthew has been candid publicly about his problems with drugs and alcohol. He first went to rehab in 1997 for what was said to a pain medication addiction after a jet skiing accident.
Following this initial stint, he then went to rehab again in 2001 and 2011. He told an interviewer in 2016 that he doesn't remember filming three seasons of Friends.
A longtime friend of Matthew's - who was in recovery with him - told DailyMail.com: ‘Everyone is in a total state of shock. People are crying on the phone and struggling to accept this news.
‘It’s no secret that he struggled with drugs and alcohol for years but the last time I spoke to him, which was within the last few weeks, he seemed to be in a good place. He was upbeat and sounded sober and positive.
‘He’d been to rehab 17 times and nearly died from opioid abuse but he was someone who was sincere about taking his life, and his sobriety, one day at a time.
Fan-favourite role: Matthew rose to fame for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit 90s sitcom Friends, which ran for 10 seasons
Honest: Matthew was candid about his problems with drugs and alcohol. He first went to rehab in 1997 for what was said to be a pain medication addiction after a jet skiing accident
Sad: Following this initial stint, he then went to rehab again in 2001 and 2011. He told an interviewer in 2016 that he doesn't remember filming three seasons of Friends
‘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.
'We are all struggling to come to terms with this terrible news.'
Last year, he published a memoir titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.
Matthew laid bare the height of his terrible drug and alcohol addiction battle which nearly cost him his life.
He revealed that his colon ruptured as a result of his opioid addiction when he was 49. Doctors gave him only a two percent chance of survival and he was in a coma for two weeks followed by months more in the hospital.
Matthew required 14 surgeries to help repair all of the abdominal damage, and he admitted to having gone to rehab 15 times over the years in hopes of kicking his drug addiction.
At one point during his Friends career, he admits he was taking 55 Vicodin a day and was down to 128 pounds but yet he 'didn't know how to stop.'
Last year, he published a memoir titled Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir where he laid bare the height of his terrible drug and alcohol addiction battle.
He told an interviewer in 2016 that he doesn't remember filming three seasons of Friends.
'I had this odd rule that I would never drink on a set,' Matthew said. 'But I went to work in extreme cases of hangover. It's so horrible to feel that way and have to work and be funny on top of that.'
He even revealed he would go to real estate open houses – not because he was interested in buying property but to see if he could steal drugs from medicine cabinets.
Matthew never married and recently ended his engagement to Molly Hurwitz, a talent manager, in 2021.
He dated several well-known actresses including Julia Roberts and Lizzy Caplan.
John Bellamy Comments: My mother use to talk about famous people in the movies who were long dead as ' ghosts on the screen'- and as we get older and as people die off who were / are famous, we notice it more when we see them as they are today rather than when they were famous - maybe decades past - and we are shocked how old they look - when just as many years have passed for us - and yet we always remember them as they were.
I know that - if I am still alive - the news will state that Barbra Streisand has died and after more than 50 years following her over 60 year career - career and buying every album and watching every film, I will be heart broken - and as she is currently 84 - the day will come - and the TV stations will all be running Streisand Film Seasons highlighting her career and radio stations will be playing her songs - and she will become a legend - ( she already IS a legend ) - like Judy garland - but much bigger than Judy Garland and will be remembered as the first real female mega star - singer - actress - producer - writer - director - all round perfectionist of TV, stage and screen.
Like George Michael or Michael Jackson, all ills that befell them during their lives - ie: Michael Jackson was a sexual paedophile and abuser - George Michael was not a happy bunny and took to heavy drug use - all will be forgotten and it is the music that will be remembered for all time and all will be forgiven, which is wrong as who forgives Saville - but hoards of admiring fans will weep and carry on - and they will be adored and worshipped like saints. Like Presley - who was on a mega slide into obscurity as his talent and behaviour was losing fans galore but he died at the right time and was made a saint by his fans and now he can do no wrong.
But at least we have plenty to remember these people by - their work - and Mathew Perry was a star in Friends and that series will forever be playing somewhere on the planet on some TV station somewhere and he will live on forever.
Such a waste though. So young.
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