Matthew Perry Was '100% Sober When He Passed' Away

Matthew Perry's Friend Speaks Out On Drug Use In Days Leading To His Death

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on November 3, 2023 at 12:20 PM EDT
Updated on November 4, 2023 at 9:44 AM EDT

Matthew Perry's friend is speaking out, claiming the "Friends" star was "100% sober" when he passed away, despite speculation that the 54-year-old had relapsed.

As we previously, police responded to a 911 call to assist with a possible ‘water rescue’ at Matthew Perry’s Pacific Palisades home on Saturday. When the first responders arrived, they reportedly found the 54-year-old “Friends” actor in his hot tub, unresponsive.

Perry is believed to have drowned, but an autopsy and toxicology reports will be able to answer more questions about his true cause of death. Prescription anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications were reportedly found in Matthew Perry‘s home following his tragic death, although sources say that no illegal narcotics were discovered at the scene.

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The 54-year-old actor had struggled with addiction for a long time, though it wasn’t until he released his memoir that he opened up and let down his walls about that time in his life.

Last year, he stated he had been clean for 18 months at the time, even, spending "$9 million or something trying to get sober.” After coming forward with his addiction, he vowed to help others who were struggling.

After Perry was found unresponsive at his home last weekend, many have begun to speculate that the "Friends" actor relapsed or had some sort of illegal drug in his system. A close friend of Perry's is saying otherwise.

“He was 100 percent sober when he passed,” Matthew Perry's close friend, Athenna Crosby, told Fox News Digital.

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“I mean, I can’t know what exactly he was thinking or feeling. I can only share my experience," Crosby added. "And, of course, he was his own person that maybe he had said, done, or thought of things the day that he passed that I might never come to know.”

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Just one day before he passed, Crosby was spotted having lunch with the "Friends" star at the Hotel Bel-Air.

“In the interaction that I had with him, he was extremely positive, sober, acting normal, spoke very well, did not give me any impression that he was under drugs or alcohol of any kind,” she shared. “So, I think people are speculating that this was a relapse situation. I just want to defend him and say that it was not.”

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“I am now recalling all of the details about it just because the situation has been so tragic. And I’ve been kind of thinking like, ‘OK, was there anything that I, I guess, should have noticed or was there anything that stuck out to me?’ And honestly, no, there wasn’t,” she added. “He was so normal. He ordered a cheeseburger and had a Diet Coke and really just a normal day like any other day.”

Crosby was one of the last people to see Perry alive.

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Matthew Perry Was '100% Sober When He Passed' Away

Days after his passing, Crosby took to social media to break her silence on the loss of her friend.

“I wasn’t going to speak about this but what I will say is I had the honor of knowing Matthew personally,” she wrote on her Instagram Story yesterday, alongside a black-and-white picture of Perry.

“I am so devastated by his death but felt it was in poor taste to talk about it publicly as the attention should not be on me but rather on him and his legacy he was an extremely private person and I always respected that in our friendship.”

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