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Matthew Perry Credits His Friends Co-stars for Being Understanding, Patient With Him Amid His Battle With Addiction, Reveals He Almost Died at 49


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Matthew Perry recently opened up about his years-long battle with addiction. In his book Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, the actor also goes into detail about the time he almost died and so much more.

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Matthew Perry Reveals He's Sober Right Now

In his book, Matthew Perry explained why he decided to share his story now that he's 53. The Friends star that this is the time when he finally feels safe doing so because he's in a much better place already.

But just four years ago, Perry fought for his life at a hospital and revealed that the doctors told his family that he only had a 2 percent chance to live.

"I was put on… an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that's called a Hail Mary. No one survives that," he wrote (via Fox News).

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Matthew Perry Reveals That He Wasn't Sober While Filming The Majority Of Friends

Perry also admitted that the success of his sitcom Friends took a toll on him. Even though he's grateful for the opportunity, becoming one of the biggest names in the 90s seemingly made him feel invincible.

He also turned to drinking and taking drugs for the most part of his time in Friends. But by the time he was filming Friends Season 9, Perry shared that he decided to become completely sober. It was also during this time that he got nominated for an acting award.

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Matthew Perry Grateful To His Friends Co-Stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

However, Perry's sobriety did not last very long. The actor revealed that he relapsed multiple times and even went to rehab over 15 times. Luckily for him, his Friends' co-stars were always very understanding and patient with his situation.

Perry's revelation about Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer was in stark contrast with what some publications previously claimed. They said that Perry felt alone during his darkest times because they weren't there for him.

Two years ago, one publication claimed that Perry's Friends co-stars failed him yet again. After all, they allegedly promised to watch over the actor, but they didn't.

"They promised to look after Matthew after he slid off the fails a few months ago... But it seems they've either forgotten, can't be bothered, or just look at him as a lost cause," a source said (via BTimes Online).

However, there's no indication that this ever happened. And based on what Perry said, all his Friends co-stars never left his side. More details about their close bond will most likely be revealed in his memoir.

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