Matthew Perry 'rushed to hospital' and undergoes emergency surgery
Actor Matthew Perry recently suffered a ruptured bowel according to his representative. The star had to be taken to a Los Angeles hospital to repair the perforation.
The actor has asked for privacy as he recuperates from the surgery. The cause of the perforation has not been revealed.
On Tuesday, Mathew Perry’s representative said, “Matthew Perry recently underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair a gastrointestinal perforation.” The actor was said to be “grateful for the concern” but asked, “for continued privacy as he heals.”
Gastrointestinal perforation “occurs when a hole forms all the way through the stomach, large bowel, or small intestine.” Some of its causes could be appendicitis and diverticulitis.
The hole can form anywhere between the throat and the rectum. However, it’s typically in the stomach, large bowel or small intestine.
Perry, 48, became a household name after being cast as one of the 6 stars of the classic 90s sitcom Friends. His fellow cast mates were Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc.
The actor has been a vocal advocate of addiction recovery after struggling with alcohol abuse himself during his time on the show. He even admitted that he had little memory of shooting three seasons of the sitcom.
In 1997 and 2001 he completed rehab to recover from his use of Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol. According to ABC News in 2013, he said, "Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it, but eventually people were aware.”
Perry now uses his notoriety to help fellow addicts in their journey toward sobriety.