died Saturday at 54 after apparently drowning in the hot tub at his Los Angeles home.TMZ reported illegal drugs were not found at the scene Saturday, and foul play is not suspected.
Prescription drugs were reportedly found inside the home, per TMZ sources.Perry achieved global fame for his “Friends” role, even as he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.“The Whole Nine Yards” star reported last year in his memoir that he had attended 6,000 AA meetings, gone to rehab 15 times, and been in detox 65 times.Perry once estimated he spent around $9 million trying to get sober.Here’s a look at Perry’s personal battles.
After having his first drink at 14, Perry was drinking consistently by 18.Perry’s addiction to drugs began after the “17 Again” star was involved in a jet ski accident on the set of “Fools Rush In” in 1997 — about three years after “Friends” premiered in 1994.He was prescribed Vicodin.His addiction became so bad, he admitted to ingesting 55 of the pills per day, causing his weight to plummet to 128 pounds at one point.
Perry was admitted to the Hazelden center in Minnesota in 1997 for 28 days. Three years after his addiction got underway, Perry was treated for pancreatitis.He spent 30 days in the hospital while filming “Friends” in 2000.In his memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry recalled being “fed fluids through an IV” after doctors told him he had a drinking problem. “‘F–k that,’ I said,” Perry wrote. “No.