“Friends” Star Nearly Died From Drug Overdose

In his upcoming memoir, actor Matthew Perry reveals that he was given only a 2 percent chance of survival after his colon burst due to opioid overuse several years ago.

The 53-year-old star of the NBC sitcom “Friends” writes in his memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” that at 49, he spent two weeks in a coma and five months in the hospital then spent nine months using a colostomy bag.

In a recent interview with People magazine, Perry said his family was told by doctors that he had only a 2 percent chance of survival. He had been placed on an EMCO machine which allowed him to breathe. “No one survives that,” Perry told People.

Of the five people placed on an EMCO machine that night in the hospital, he was the only one to survive. To Perry, there must have been a reason that he survived when the others didn’t. In his memoir, which is set for release next week, Perry candidly describes his past addiction to alcohol and painkillers. He admits that during the peak of his drug addiction, he used to take 55Vicodin pills a day.

In total, he entered rehab fifteen times to get clean and sober. While Perry didn’t say how long he’s remained clean, he did admit that he still counts the days. What helps him stay clean and sober, Perry said, is seeing the scars on his stomach from the 14surgeries to save his life and the thought that he may have had to use a colostomy bag for the rest of his life. Perry told People magazine that he wanted to wait until he was “pretty safely sober” to finally open up about his addiction.

He said he needed to get far away from his active alcoholism and drug addiction before he wrote it all down. He added readers might be surprised to find out how bad it got for him and how close he came to dying.