According to Mathew Perry himself, his colon burst from overuse of opioids in 2018. “Doctors told my family I had a 2% chance of living,” he said.
Actor Mathew Perry, known for playing Chandler Bing on the 90s sitcom Friends, revealed in an interview that he spent two weeks in a coma and was on the brink of death after his colon burst from drug abuse.
Perry spoke with People magazine in the framework of the upcoming release of his autobiography Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing when he remembered a hard moment in 2018, when it was published that he spent three months in a hospital in secret.
So they ensured that the interpreter had suffered a gastrointestinal perforation that put his life in danger. However, now he denied that version.
“I wanted to share this when I was sure I didn’t fall back to the dark side,” Perry told the magazine. according to the medium, Perry spent weeks fighting for her life after her colon burst from overuse of opioids.
“He spent two weeks in a coma and five months in hospital.. In addition, he had to wear a colostomy bag for nine months, ”says the magazine.
Likewise, the actor himself recalled that during his admission to the hospital, “The doctors told my family that I had a 2% chance of living.”
“They put in me a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the activity of your heart and lungs. That is called Ave Maria, because no one survives thathe recounted.
According to the actor, who would not say how long he has been sober, his problems with drugs and alcohol they have led him to have 14 surgeries on his stomach.
“That’s a lot of reminders to stay sober,” he said, noting that when in doubt, “all I have to do is look down.”
Mathew Perry and his addiction problems in Friends
In 1994, when Friends began to be recorded, Mathew Perry, at the age of 24, He started having problems with alcohol. “I could handle it, more or less. But at 34, he was already in the deep end,” he recalled.
This is not the first time that Perry has made a mea culpa about his addictions in the middle of the popular series. In 2016, for example, the interpreter confessed that he did not remember three full years of the program.
“I don’t remember like three years of the show, so none of those. I was a bit out of it in those days… Between the third and sixth seasons.”he said then.
The actor and writer was in a 28-day rehabilitation program in 1997 for his addiction to Vicodin, manifesting its consequences in weight changes. In 2001, he returned to treatment for his addiction to opiates and alcohol.
Added to that, in 2015 he assured The Hollywood Reporter that “You can’t have a drug problem for thirty years and expect to solve it in 28 days.”
Also, in his conversation with People, he also highlighted that he was completely sober in the ninth season of the series. “Guess what season I got nominated for best actor? I remember thinking, ‘That should tell me something,’” he confessed.
However, he admitted that the worst moment occurred in one of the most popular seasons, although he does not specify which one. Then, Perry took 55 Vicodin a day and weighed 58 kilos.
“I didn’t know how to stop. She couldn’t stop because disease and addiction are progressive. So it was getting worse as I got older,” he admitted.
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