Matthew Perry admitted to People magazine that he nearly died in 2018 at the age of 49 after an overdose of opiates caused his intestines to rupture. At the time, rumors spread that the “Friends” star was hospitalized due to stomach perforation. In truth, Perry’s hospitalization was far more serious. People claimed that Perry “spent two weeks in a coma, five months in the hospital, and nine months with a colostomy bag.”
“The doctors informed my family that I had a 2% chance of survival,” Perry stated regarding his initial hospitalization. “I was placed on a device known as an ECMO machine, which breaths for your heart and lungs. This is known as a Hail Mary pass. Nobody can endure that!”
Perry has always been open about his battles with addiction. In an interview with People, the actor described how, at one time during his 10-season tenure on “Friends,” he was taking 55 Vicodin per day and his weight plummeted to a concerning 128 pounds.
Perry remarked, “I was unable to stop.” “I’d start packing if the cops arrived at my house and said, ‘If you drink tonight, we’ll take you to jail.’ I was unable to quit since the sickness and addiction are progressive. So it becomes worse and worse as you grow older.”
Perry stated that his drug addiction had led to 14 stomach operations, adding, “That’s a lot of reminders to stay sober. I only need to glance down.”
Perry’s interaction with his therapist reinforced that he must maintain sobriety. The actor’s therapist advised him, “The next time you consider using Oxycontin, consider having a colostomy bag for the rest of your life.” “And a small window appeared, through which I crawled, and I no longer desire Oxycontin.”
In his forthcoming memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry discusses the 2018 episode in further detail. The book is currently available for pre-order and will be released on November 1.
Matthew Perry admitted to People magazine that he nearly died in 2018 at the age of 49 after an overdose of opiates caused his intestines to rupture.
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