Matthew Perry’s ex Neve Campbell steps out in Los Angeles – one day after the tragic death of Friends star aged 54
Matthew Perry’s ex Neve Campbell stepped out in Los Angeles on Sunday – one day after the shock death of the Friends actor aged 54.
The Friends star was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home on Saturday – the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that his cause of death has been ‘deferred’ with the investigation considered ‘ongoing’ by authorities.
Campbell, 50, who dated Perry during filming of their 1999 romcom Three To Tango, stepped out clad in a Genesis tee and black flared trousers.
The star completed her look with sneakers and also sported sunglasses.
Perry began seeing Campbell while they filmed the movie in Toronto. However, it was reported that they called it quits before the rom-com even hit cinemas the following year.
Sighting: Matthew Perry’s ex Neve Campbell stepped out in Los Angeles on Sunday – one day after the shock death of the Friends actor aged 54
Three To Tango co-stars: Perry began seeing Campbell while they filmed the movie in Toronto. However, it was reported that they called it quits before the rom-com even hit cinemas the following year (pictured 2004)
Neither Perry nor Campbell have ever publicly addressed this reported relationship.
However, in his memoir, the star did say something rather telling about a romance around this time.
The Friends star dedicated a portion of his book to a former love and the subsequent breakup that ‘still hurts’.
He wrote that this unnamed love made it clear his ‘drinking was a problem.’
He also gave readers a clue about the person’s identity. They met on a film set in 1999 — the same year Perry and Campbell happened to film Three to Tango.
Perry had prescription drugs including anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills at his home at the time of his death – but no illegal medications, a police source claims.
The law enforcement mole told TMZ that the Friends star was also in possession of a prescription COPD drug.
Outing: Campbell, 50, who dated Perry during filming of their 1999 romcom Three To Tango, looked somber as she stepped out clad in a Genesis tee and black flared trousers
Onscreen: The pair played lovers in the romcom (seen as Oscar and Amy)
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with the meds found at Perry’s home usually used for people with emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
Perry was a smoker and had also battled an addiction to alcohol as well as opiates, but claimed to have been clean shortly before his suspected drowning death.
Perry wanted to be remembered for helping fellow addicts.
The actor shared his wish in a November 2022 interview, which has resurfaced in the wake of his shock death.
Matthew – whose drug addictions almost killed him – told in the chat on the ‘Q With Tom Power’ podcast, which is being shared online by fans, about how he didn’t want his role as Chandler Bing in Friends to be his legacy: ‘Best thing about me – bar none – is if somebody comes up to me and says, ‘I can’t stop drinking, can you help me?’ I can say ‘Yes’ and follow up and do it. That’s the best thing.
‘And I’ve said this for a long time, when I die, I don’t want ‘Friends’ to be the first thing that’s mentioned.
‘I want that to be the first thing that’s mentioned, and I’m going to live the rest of my life proving that.’
Matthew admitted he knew despite his wish that his power to help addicts would fall ‘far behind’ on his list of accomplishments when it came to being remembered by fans.
Tragic loss: The Friends star was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home. Seen in November 2022
Perry rose to fame for his role as ‘Chandler Bing’ on the hit 90s sitcom, which ran for 10 seasons
He added: ‘I know it won’t happen, but it would be nice.’
In 2013, Matthew turned his Malibu mansion into a sober living facility for men and named it ‘Perry’s House’.
Matthew also revealed he wrote a theatre production about his addiction battles.
He added: ‘I also wrote my play ‘The End of Longing’, which is a personal message to the world, an exaggerated form of me as a drunk.
‘I had something important to say to people like me, and to people who love people like me.”
Matthew’s memoir ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Candid, Darkly Funny Book’ exposed his struggles with addictions – which got so severe that in 2018 at the age of 49 he suffered a gastrointestinal perforation as a result of his extreme opiate usage.
He was given just a two percent chance of living after being comatose for two weeks and the actor had to use a colostomy bag while his colon healed.
Matthew revealed that while his body was relying on the bag, he woke up covered in his own faeces ’50 to 60′ times throughout the five months he was hospitalized.
He said: ‘I had s*** all over my fave, all over my body, in the bed next door.
Icon: The star is pictured with Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston , Courteney Cox , Lisa Kudrow , Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer during the Friends reunion which aired in 2021
‘When it breaks, it breaks. You have to get nurses.’
He said at the peak of his addictions he was consuming about 55 Vicodin pills a day and weighed just 128 pounds.
Matthew also joked viewers could now tell what drugs he was abusing by observing his varying appearance on Friends.
He said in his book: ‘You can track the trajectory for my addiction if you gauge my weight from season to season.
‘When I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; when I’m skinny, it’s pills; when I have a goatee, it’s a lot of pills.’
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