MATTHEW Perry’s long-term friend has revealed the Friends actor’s desire for a TV comeback before his death.
The star was found dead underwater in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home, but no drugs or foul play are suspected.
Now Matthew’s long-time hairdresser and friend Pierre Johnson Jr. is speaking out and revealing the actor’s big plans before his unexpected death in an exclusive interview with The US Sun.
Pierre, who worked with the TV personality from 2018 to 2022, reflected on their friendship.
He revealed that Matthew started writing his tell-all memoir to avoid a relapse and that he had other things in mind after he finished.
“The writing process happened every day and he had his work checked by different people,” he said.
“After he released the memoir, he planned to get back into making films properly. He told me that directly and he would have liked to be on TV again.”
Pierre added: “I asked him if he would retire and he said no, he would just move on.”
He remembered Matthew as “a lovely guy” and added that he was desperate to find love.
The hairdresser said that although the Canadian star was “living alone”, it wasn’t the life he had imagined.
“He wanted to be with someone. But it was so hard to find someone he could trust,” Pierre told The US Sun.
“He wanted a woman who was really kind to him, didn’t want him for his money and wouldn’t sue him.”
According to his pal, Matthew also “wanted to be a dad.”
Although he never made this big comeback, Pierre noticed that the author seemed happier in his final years.
He was also happy for the actor: “His story changed lives and I was so happy to see him on the other side.”
“To hear that he overcame, that’s what everyone wants. He upset her.”
Until his death, he focused on living a more active lifestyle.
Matthew worked to quit smoking – his “last bad habit” – after overcoming his addiction.
Pierre noted, “He had a home gym at his house in the Palisades, and I knew he had taken up pickleball again.”
He revealed that the star took up the sport in the hope that it would help him quit smoking.
The barber expressed concern that Matthew’s smoking may have played a role in his untimely death.
“On his last day he played pickle ball, which is the lungs. I wonder if that has something to do with it,” he said.
Also on Monday, more details about Matthew’s death emerged.
He is believed to have drowned, but law enforcement sources said TMZ that first responders were initially called to the house because of a cardiac arrest.
His cause of death has been postponed, meaning coroners will need more time to investigate.
The exact cause remains unknown, but there were no signs of foul play at the scene.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said People that it may take several weeks for the toxicology reports to arrive.
said The Hollywood Reporter: “Deferred means that after an autopsy, the cause of death has not been determined and the coroner requests further investigation into the death, including additional studies.”
Matthew’s assistant is the one who frantically called 911 after the actor suffered cardiac arrest.
The 15-second audio clip referred to a drowning, known as Medical Emergency 9.
On the call, a first responder says, “Agent 23. Rescue 23. EMS 9 on radio. In response to drowning.”
Matthew’s body is ready to be released to his family so they can begin funeral preparations.
Police swarmed the house.
No narcotics were found at the scene, but authorities found antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and a medication for chronic lung disease.
It was revealed that Matthew was playing pickleball on the morning of his death.
His pickleball partner – a woman – told radio host Billy Bush that Perry appeared “tired” during their last games together.
Billy wrote on Instagram: “I spoke to the woman he played with this morning and every morning.”
“She’s in shock, idolized Matt…she said he was tired today and for the last week.”
“A little more than usual. He played for an hour and then went home.”
However, according to sources, Matthew seemed to be in good spirits
Country club members exclusively told The US Sun that Matthew regularly played pickleball at Riviera Country Club near his home in the Pacific Palisades area.
Country club members said Mattew was playing with his regular partner and a male friend.
He played the game at least once, sometimes twice a day.
A source said: “He slept with a guy who is very well known here yesterday. I spoke to him and he’s pretty upset.”
Matthew’s family, meanwhile, said they were “heartbroken” over his death.
said People: “Matthew has brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and as a friend.”
“You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous love that has flowed his way.”
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His Friends co-stars are said to be “devastated” by his death.
He appeared on the series for ten seasons alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.