Matthew Perry’s final Instagram post, shared just days before reports of his tragic passing at the age of 54, features the actor enjoying a moment of relaxation in his jacuzzi. Perry was found in a Los Angeles home, where he is believed to have drowned. Responders had been called to the scene for a cardiac arrest.
The post, captioned, “Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman,” shows Perry sitting in the jacuzzi at night, wearing headphones and gazing out over the city. TMZ reported that no drugs were discovered at the scene, and there were no indications of foul play.
Matthew Perry rose to fame for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the iconic ’90s sitcom “Friends,” which ran for ten seasons.
Perry had been candid about his struggles with drugs and alcohol throughout his public life. He first entered rehab in 1997 after an accident involving jet skiing led to pain medication addiction. Subsequently, he went through rehab in 2001 and 2011. In a 2016 interview, Perry revealed that he had no recollection of filming three seasons of “Friends.” A friend who had been in recovery with him and spoke to DailyMail.com in the wake of Perry’s passing noted that he had been upbeat and sounded sober and positive during their last conversation, emphasizing Perry’s commitment to sobriety and taking life one day at a time.
In his memoir, titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir,” published last year, Perry laid bare the extent of his battles with drug and alcohol addiction, which nearly took his life. His opioid addiction led to a ruptured colon at the age of 49, with doctors giving him only a two percent chance of survival. Perry endured a coma of two weeks and months more in the hospital, during which he underwent 14 surgeries to repair the damage. Over the years, he went to rehab 15 times in an effort to overcome his drug addiction. At the peak of his “Friends” career, Perry confessed to taking 55 Vicodin pills a day and dropping to a weight of 128 pounds, all while struggling to stop.