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Matthew Perry was eager to make a TV comeback and felt ‘happier than ever’ in final years before death, friend insists

Matthew Perry was eager to make a TV comeback and felt ‘happier than ever’ in final years before death, friend insists

MATTHEW Perry’s longtime friend has revealed the Friends actor’s desire to make a TV comeback prior to his death.

The star was found dead underwater in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home but neither drugs nor foul play are suspected.

GettyMatthew Perry was planning a TV comeback ahead of his death according to a friend[/caption]

John Chapple for The US SunThe actor’s longtime barber told The U.S. Sun exclusively that Matthew had big aspirations[/caption]

Now, Matthew’s longtime barber and friend Pierre Johnson Jr. is speaking out, revealing the actor’s big plans prior to his unexpected death in an exclusive interview with The U.S Sun.

Pierre, who worked with the TV personality from 2018 to 2022, reflected on their friendship.

He revealed that Matthew began the process of writing his telling memoir to avoid relapsing and had other things in mind for after he was done.

“The writing process was every day, and he’d have different people proof his work,” he said.

“Once he knocked out the memoir he had plans to really get back into movie-making again. He said that to me directly, and he’d love to have been back on television.”

Pierre added: “I asked him if he was going to retire and he said no, he would just evolve.”

He remembered Matthew as “a loveable guy,” adding that he was eager to find love.

The hairstylist said that while the Canadian star “lived alone,” that’s not the life he envisioned for himself.

“He wanted to be with someone. But it was so hard to find anybody that he could trust,” Pierre told The U.S. Sun.

“He wanted a woman who was genuinely kind to him, didn’t want him for his money, and wouldn’t sue him.”

Matthew also “wanted to be a father,” according to his pal.

While he never did launch that big comeback, Pierre noted that the author appeared happier in his final years.

Additionally, he said he was happy for the actor: “His story was changing lives, and I was so glad to see that he was on the other side of it.

“To hear that he overcame, that’s what everyone wants. He was ticking them off.”

He was focused on trying to live a more active lifestyle leading up to his death.

Matthew was working on quitting smoking – his “last bad habit” after shaking his addictions.

Pierre noted: “He had a home gym inside of his place in the Palisades, and I knew he’d taken up pickleball again.”

He revealed that the star played the sport in the hopes that it might help him stop smoking.

The barbe expressed concern that Matthew’s smoking might have played a role in his untimely death.

“On his last day, he played pickle ball, that’s the lungs. I wonder if that had something to do with it,” he said.


Also on Monday, more details have emerged surrounding Matthew’s death.

He’s believed to have drowned but law enforcement sources told TMZ that first responders were initially called to the home for a cardiac arrest.

His cause of death has been deferred, meaning medical examiners need more time to investigate.

The exact cause remains unknown but there were no signs of foul play at the scene.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner told People that the toxicology reports may take several weeks to arrive.

They told The Hollywood Reporter: “Deferred means that after an autopsy, the cause of death has not been determined and the medical examiner is requesting more investigation into the death, including additional studies.”

Matthew’s assistant is the one who made the frantic call to 911 after the actor suffered a cardiac arrest.

The 15-second dispatch audio clip referred to a drowning, known as an Emergency Medical Situation 9.

On the call, a first responder says: “Agent 23. Rescue 23. EMS 9 on the radio. In response to the drowning.”

Matthew’s body is ready to be released to his family so they can start making funeral arrangements.

Cops swarmed the home.

No narcotics were found at the scene though authorities did find anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and a drug for chronic pulmonary disease.


It has been revealed that Matthew played pickleball on the morning of his death.

His pickleball partner – a woman – told radio host Billy Bush that Perry appeared “fatigued” during their recent games together.

Billy wrote on Instagram: “I spoke to the woman he played with this morning and every morning.

“She is in shock, adored Matt … she said he had been fatigued today and over the past week.

“A little more than usual. He played for one hour, then went home.”

Still, sources said that Matthew appeared to be in good spirits

Country club members told The U.S. Sun exclusively that Matthew regularly played pickleball at the Riviera Country Club near his home in the Pacific Palisades region.

Country club members said Mattew played with his regular partner and a male friend.

He played the game at least once, sometimes twice, daily.

One source said: “He was hitting with a guy yesterday who is well-known here. I’ve spoken to him, he’s fairly upset.”

Matthew’s family, meanwhile, said they’re “heartbroken” by his death.

They told People: “Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend.

“You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”

His Friends co-stars are said to be “reeling” from his death.

He appeared on the show for 10 seasons alongside Jennifer AnistonCourteney CoxDavid SchwimmerMatt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow.

GettyHe claimed the TV personality was happy prior to his death[/caption]

2021 CBS Photo ArchiveMatthew got his big break on Friends and hoped to return to TV one day[/caption]

2012 NBCUniversal, Inc.His co-stars are said to be reeling following his passing[/caption]

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