When word leaked out that Matthew Perry, the star of the 1990s sitcom “Friends,” had been discovered dead in his jacuzzi, tragedy rocked the entertainment industry. Emergency personnel raced to his house thinking he was having a heart collapse. The news that the well-liked actor was in such a dire circumstance stunned the entire world. Authorities quickly ruled out foul play, leaving many to wonder about the enigmatic circumstances surrounding his sudden death.

Perry uploaded a mysterious statement on Instagram a few days prior to his untimely death, along with a photo of himself lounging in an infinite pool while sporting headphones. “Oh, so swirling around in warm water makes you feel good?” was the caption. Call me Mattman. Nobody could have predicted that this article would be one of the last we would see of the troubled actor.

When he played the endearing Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry’s career took off, making a lasting impression on the history of television. His personal life, however, was not without its difficulties. Perry revealed details of his decades-long struggle with alcohol and drug addiction in his startling tell-all memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which was published in November 2022. “Not only do I have the disease, but I have it bad,” he said. I’m going to die from it.”

The book provided a horrifying account of his struggle with drug usage. Perry disclosed that he had blown a whopping $9 million trying to get clean. He opened up about a particularly terrible moment in his life, when he’d taken a quart of vodka and 55 Vicodin tablets a day, and had nearly died.

Fans and bystanders have seen a noticeable shift in the actor in more recent years. He was no longer the endearing ’90s hunk that the public had come to love. Unsettling images of Perry idly meandering through Los Angeles streets in 2019 sparked worries. In 2021, he had an uncomfortable demeanour during an on-camera interview about the “Friends” reunion, which included a weird stare and a laboured speech pattern.

In the interview, Perry had stated, “I stole the cookie jar that had the clock on it,” adding a pronounced “sh” sound to the word “stole.” It was a long cry from the Chandler Bing of the small screen, whose sharp wit had brought millions of laughs.

Fans and coworkers lamented the passing of Matthew Perry, a gifted actor whose personal troubles had taken a significant toll, as word of his untimely death spread. It served as a sobering reminder that even people who had attained considerable success and notoriety may fall victim to the deadly clutches of addiction. The world was left to ponder the turbulent life and extraordinary career of a man who had so profoundly impacted so many people.