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By Bernie Zilio
October 23, 2022 | 12:11pm
Matthew Perry has broken his cover for the first time since revealing he came scarily “close to dying” from a past drug addiction.
The actor, 53, was seen enjoying a game of pickleball with some friends in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon, looking healthy and happy while working up a sweat.
The “Friends” star was dressed casually in white basketball shorts with a red trim, a navy blue polo shirt and black sneakers with white socks.
He sported sunglasses for the activity and kept them on for the car ride home.
Earlier this week, Perry revealed that he almost died four years ago after his colon burst from opioid overuse.
Speaking candidly about the terrifying ordeal, the now-sober star said he spent two weeks in a coma, five months in the hospital and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months.
“The doctors told my family that I had a 2 percent chance to live,” he told People. “I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one survives that.”
Perry also told the outlet he was one of five people hooked up to life support that night and that “the other four” did not make it.
“So the big question is why? Why was I the one? There has to be some kind of reason.”
The Emmy winner – who’s been to rehab a total of 15 times – preferred not to disclose when he most recently got clean but did reveal what’s helped him get to his current place of recovery.
He told the outlet the scars from his 14 stomach surgeries are “a lot of reminders to stay sober.”
“All I have to do is look down,” he said, adding that his therapist also helped him kick his addictions when they told him, “‘The next time you think about taking Oxycontin, just think about having a colostomy bag for the rest of your life.’”
The actor said the remark prompted “a little window” to open.
“I crawled through it,” he shared, “and I no longer want Oxycontin anymore.”
Perry’s forthcoming memoir – “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” out Nov. 1 –elaborates on his decade-long struggles with drugs and alcohol.
He told People that readers will likely “be surprised at how bad it got at certain times and how close to dying [he] came.”
“I say in the book that if I did die, it would shock people, but it wouldn’t surprise anybody. And that’s a very scary thing to be living with,” he said.
“So my hope is that people will relate to it and know that this disease attacks everybody. It doesn’t matter if you’re successful or not successful, the disease doesn’t care.”
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