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“I had 2 percent chance to live..No one survives that”: Matthew Perry, Well known as Chandler in Friends, Almost Lost His Life Due to Addiction

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Matthew Perry is famously known for playing Chandler Bing in Friends. It is no hiding that his tenure in the franchise had been a rocky one, not because of the show itself, but him getting off track in his life. The actor has had a history of drug abuse as well as alcohol abuse, both leading to major life problems which could sabotage his career and his chances to live.

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Matthew Perry with the cast of Friends

What was initially announced as a gastrointestinal perforation was far from the truth. The actor did ten successful seasons of Friends, all gaining him much popularity, however, most of them had him intoxicated as he first got into alcohol when the series initially kicked off.

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Matthew Perry’s Fight Against Addiction

Matthew Perry opened up in an interview stating how he only had a 2% chance to live with how downhill his addiction had gone. He revealed how he had faced a colon burst which led to two weeks in a coma, five months in a hospital, and nine months with a colostomy bag. He claimed that the actor barely had any shot at survival while being hooked to an ECMO Machine, which was helping him breathe and survive.

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“I could handle it, kind of. But by the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble,” he remarked. “But there were years that I was sober during that time.”

Perry admitted how being sober had been a task in itself, he did realize that being sober for an entire season had affected his performance by a lot, even granting him a nomination for best actor. He understood that he could no longer dive into the rabbit hole of addiction and had to crawl out of it after fifteen times in rehab.

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Matthew Perry’s Journey To Sobriety

While with his therapist, Matthew Perry realized how he did not wish to live with a colostomy bag his entire life. All the drugs and alcohol would only lead to a lifetime of being bedridden, which the actor wanted to steer clear from.

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Matthew Perry in Friends

“I’m pretty healthy now,” before adding, “I’ve got to not go to the gym much more, because I don’t want to only be able to play superheroes. But no, I’m a pretty healthy guy right now.”

The actor who at one point was begging for his life is now living a peaceful life of health and prosperity, thanking his therapist for guiding him through the right course away from addiction.

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Source: Geo TV

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.