Matthew Perry

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  • Sadly, it was to be expected, with such a struggle with alcohol, drugs and mental health issues. This seems to be a recurring theme in the US, among the poors and the riches alike. I think mental health in the US is a serious issue and I wonder why there are so many people struggling with it. Or maybe there is just a social environment that doesn't help contain/provide for people with mental health, so that they easily spiral down.


    Sometimes fame and money seem to enable people to go down faster. So many rich people die because of drugs, alcohol or related accidents (like drowning in the bathtub while under the effect of narcotics).


    I would be curious to know your take on this, Rice , since you have worked in healthcare.

  • Very sad indeed. I was a late starter with Friends which I only watched for the first time a couple of years ago and it was fun with Perry being quite a character.

    Far too young to die.

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    “I was taking 55 Vicodin a day, I weighed 128lbs, I was on Friends getting watched by 30 million people – and that’s why I can’t watch the show, because I was brutally thin,” he said. Perry later admitted he had suffered severe anxiety “every night” while filming the show and said he felt nothing when the show ended.

    Tributes pour in for ‘comedic genius’ Matthew Perry, dead at 54
    Justin Trudeau and Adele among public figures to speak fondly of actor best known as Chandler Bing in Friends
    www.theguardian.com


    And what a pompous arsehole Peter Hitchens is, arguing that alcoholics and drug addicts simply shouldn't start their addictions in the first place.

    Mathew Perry clearly knew what he was talking about when he said that he fights with himself NOT to have that first drink, but then if he does have it, he can't stop. Hitchens just couldn't see that.

  • Sadly, it was to be expected, with such a struggle with alcohol, drugs and mental health issues. This seems to be a recurring theme in the US, among the poors and the riches alike. I think mental health in the US is a serious issue and I wonder why there are so many people struggling with it. Or maybe there is just a social environment that doesn't help contain/provide for people with mental health, so that they easily spiral down.


    Sometimes fame and money seem to enable people to go down faster. So many rich people die because of drugs, alcohol or related accidents (like drowning in the bathtub while under the effect of narcotics).


    I would be curious to know your take on this, Rice , since you have worked in healthcare.

    I know very little about either mental problems or addiction, serafina . I suspect you are right about celebrity and money making it easier for people to spiral downwards, perhaps because people around them don’t want to anger them by suggesting they get help.


    I felt so sorry for Matthew Perry when I read that he estimated he’d spent half of his life in treatment.

  • I watched the friend’s revival a few months ago and he looked so sad compared to the rest of the cast. Jennifer Aniston became very successful, after friends, the one playing Joey was very happy about his fame and earning, Courtney Cox seemed to have found her balance after a few struggles of her own, and the actress playing Phoebe was doing fine, despite not reaching aniston’s level of fame. But Matthew Perry was the host of himself and seemed to have dragged himself there. Very sad, indeed.


    I am also thinking about Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, her daughter, Jenna Jameson… so many lives for whom fame and money were a death sentence.


    and Britney Spears, and Judy Garland… and Elvis.


    The list goes on!

  • I had heard of him but didn't know what he was famous for. I was never into Friends, don't even think I ever watched an episode.

    Been reading up about his life today. It seemed to be all very sad and troubled ever since he was a kid.

  • I had heard of him but didn't know what he was famous for. I was never into Friends, don't even think I ever watched an episode.

    Been reading up about his life today. It seemed to be all very sad and troubled ever since he was a kid.

    If you were back in the UK, which you will be thanking your lucky stars, you will be saturated with repeats, which for the life of me, I don't get why they do that. Seen it once, or twice, don't want to see it a thousands of times

  • If you were back in the UK, which you will be thanking your lucky stars, you will be saturated with repeats, which for the life of me, I don't get why they do that. Seen it once, or twice, don't want to see it a thousands of times

    Judging from the clips I've been seeing since his death was announced. I'm left wondering what the attraction of Friends was all about.

  • We were never aware of Friends until it ended, after 10 seasons. We were on our fist stay in BsAs in 2005, with extremely limited English language offerings on tv. Either the Sony channel or CW had a couple of hours in English each night, including 10-year-old Friends re-runs, which we watched and enjoyed.


    Last night we watched the Friends Reunion show, shot last year, and found it quite well done and enjoyable. Cast and writers all seemed to be very intelligent and good people who had had fun working together. Of course it was impossible not to see Matthew Perry through the lens of his life struggles.

  • The others, yes. But Britney Spears is still alive and I'm not so sure about Elvis