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Matthew Perry | Source: Youtube.com/warnerbrostv | Youtube.com/QwithTomPower
Matthew Perry | Source: Youtube.com/warnerbrostv | Youtube.com/QwithTomPower

'When I Die': Matthew Perry Revealed His Wish Less Than a Year before Passing Away

Dorcus Osongo
Oct 30, 2023
06:45 A.M.
  • Matthew Perry, who starred as Chandler Bing on "Friends," is dead.
  • Prior to his death, Perry was open about his struggles with alcohol addiction.
  • Perry previously shared what he would love to be remembered for when he dies.
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Matthew Perry on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" on May 18, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" on May 18, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry, one of the stars of "Friends," died on October 28, 2023. Perry starred as Chandler Bing on "Friends" from 1994 to 2004. The actor also featured in other productions such as "17 Again," "Fools Rush In," and "Serving Sara."

Perry was found dead in a jacuzzi at his home in Los Angeles and is said to have died of apparent drowning. Further investigations into his death are ongoing, but no drugs were found at the scene of his death, and no foul play is involved.

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As per sources, Perry came home in the morning, after playing close to two hours of pickleball. He sent his assistant on an errand, but when the assistant returned two hours later, he found the actor unresponsive and called 911.

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Law enforcement officers say Perry appeared to have drowned, while sources claim first responders were called for a cardiac arrest. In the last few years before his death, the actor spoke frankly about his addiction struggles and drug abuse. He said he decided to get sober because he was worried he would die the next day.

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The actor noted that he struggled with alcohol pretty much through all "Friends" seasons except the whole of season nine, where he was sober throughout. Perry had a few years in between when he was sober. But when he couldn't stop drinking, he knew that it wouldn't come as a surprise to him if he died.

Perry was proud of how far he had come in his battle against alcohol addiction and drug abuse.

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of "Friends" on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of "Friends" on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Perry explained that he wrote his memoir "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing" because he wanted to encourage other people on a sobriety journey not to give up. He wanted his story to give ordinary people hope as he was an actor and a celebrity who overcame addiction.

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of "Friends" on November 14, 1995 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of "Friends" on November 14, 1995 | Source: Getty Images

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The movie star also opened up about the times alcoholism almost led to his death. In one of his treatments, he was rushed to the emergency trauma room, where his colon exploded. Perry was put in an ECMO machine and was in a coma for 14 days. An ECMO machine does the work of the heart and lungs for a patient in critical condition.

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On that night, there were five more patients on an ECMO machine, but only Perry survived. The actor took his sole survival as a sign to share his story and help others who have fallen into alcoholism fight the disease.

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of "Friends" on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of "Friends" on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

In another case in 2019, the "Three to Tango" actor's heart stopped for five minutes while he was getting treatment. The actor was at the hospital, where doctors were conducting a procedure on him due to pain in his stomach.

During the operation, he was administered propofol, which stopped his heart for five minutes. A guy saved Perry's life by conducting CPR, but the man broke the actor's eight ribs during the process.

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Now, Perry's journey alive on Earth has come to an end. However, before his death, he spoke about the way he would like to be remembered and the kind of impact he wanted to leave behind after his long stint on "Friends" and fight against alcoholism.

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How Perry Would Love to Be Remembered

Perry was proud of how far he had come in his battle against alcohol addiction and drug abuse. He said in November 2022, less than a year before his death, that the best thing about him is that if someone went to him for help because they couldn't stop drinking, he knew he could help them. Perry added:

"When I die, I don't want Friends to be the first thing that's mentioned. I want that to be the first thing that's mentioned. I'm going to live the rest of my life proving that."

Matthew Perry at the "Six Degrees of Separation" opening night celebration in New York City on April 25, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry at the "Six Degrees of Separation" opening night celebration in New York City on April 25, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

The cast of "Friends," David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani pictured in New York City on October 22, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

The cast of "Friends," David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani pictured in New York City on October 22, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

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Perry spent the last years of his life proving that he was keen on his fight against alcoholism and helping others overcome the disease. The actor wanted his legacy to be that of someone who lived well and loved well.

Matthew Perry at the TCA Summer press tour - NBC photo call - Day 1 in Beverly Hills, California on July 24, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry at the TCA Summer press tour - NBC photo call - Day 1 in Beverly Hills, California on July 24, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

Floral tributes are left for Matthew Perry outside the apartment building that was used as the exterior shot in the TV show "Friends" in New York on October 29, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Floral tributes are left for Matthew Perry outside the apartment building that was used as the exterior shot in the TV show "Friends" in New York on October 29, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

However, Perry mostly wanted to be remembered as someone whose desire was to help people who had been on an unhealthy and dangerous path of alcoholism like him. Perry's memoir and the stories he shared about his sobriety journey in interviews will remain a source of hope and motivation for people now and generations to come.

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