Matthew Perry’s pickleball coach mentioned the late actor was in “good spirits” simply weeks earlier than his surprising demise.
“Pickleball, I feel, was an outlet for him,” Pickleball coach Matt Manasse informed Leisure Tonight in an interview on Sunday, October 29. “It was one thing that he turned obsessive about, and that was his new wholesome habit, and he cherished it.”
Earlier than his tragic demise, Perry performed pickleball about 4 to 5 instances every week and “appeared like he was in a very good place and a cheerful place,” Manasse informed the outlet.
“I’m simply blissful that, you understand, if something, he had a variety of enjoyable and pleasure being on a pickleball court docket round those who he loved, as a result of he gave us a lot pleasure,” Manasse mentioned.
Perry rose to stardom whereas filming the enduring NBC sitcom Mates, the place he performed Chandler Bing from 1994 to 2004. He starred alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.
Manasse mentioned Perry’s star high quality was one thing “most individuals don’t have.”
“He would deliver different individuals to the court docket typically that have been going via comparable issues and attempt to use pickleball to assist them as effectively,” Manasse mentioned. “He actually had his coronary heart at all times open and would at all times attempt to make everybody snort, too.”
On Saturday, October 28, Perry was discovered lifeless in a jacuzzi at a house in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Coroner’s workplace confirmed his demise on Sunday, and listed the investigation as ongoing. He was 54.
Perry had been open about his struggles with substance abuse throughout his life. After a jet ski accident in 1997, he turned hooked on Vicodin, which ultimately led to his alcohol abuse.
He went to rehab 15 instances over time. In his candid 2022 guide, Mates, Lovers & The Massive Horrible Factor, Perry revealed he was solely sober throughout season 9 of Mates.
“You possibly can observe the trajectory of my habit if you happen to gauge my weight from season to season — once I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; once I’m skinny, it’s capsules. When I’ve a goatee, it’s numerous capsules,” he wrote on the time. “[Compare] how I look between the ultimate episode of season 6 and the primary of season 7. I’m carrying the identical garments within the remaining episode of 6 and the primary of seven [it’s supposed to be the same night], however I will need to have misplaced fifty kilos within the low season.”