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Matthew Perry was ‘extremely positive, sober’ when friend met him day before death, she says

Athenna Crosby, Matthew Perry’s friend, is looking back on the “Friends” star’s final hours, including when they met up for lunch the day before he died.

“He was 100% sober when he passed,” Crosby exclusively told Fox News Digital. “I mean, I can’t know what exactly he was thinking or feeling. I can only share my experience. And, of course, he was his own person that maybe he had said, done or thought of things the day that he passed that I might never come to know.

“In the interaction that I had with him, he was extremely positive, sober, acting normal, spoke very well, did not give me any impression that he was under drugs or alcohol of any kind. So, I think people are speculating that this was a relapse situation. I just want to defend him and say that it was not.”

Crosby was one of the last people to see Perry alive. He died Saturday, Oct. 28, at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. He was 54. 

“I don’t know the extent to which they kept in touch with their friendship, but all I can say is that the memories that he had of working with him were so positive for what he was telling me, that he wanted to have him play a younger version of him once more.”

Matthew Perry wears blue sweater and t-shirt at event

Matthew Perry died Saturday at his home in the Pacific Palisades. He was 54. (Gregg DeGuire)

Crosby said Perry was “hoping to write a little character in the movie for him to come and make a cameo and be like, you know, an addiction recovery counselor or something in that facet to where he could kind of be in a full-circle moment.” 


She said the idea was “really touching,” and she was hopeful that in case his idea hadn’t been shared, she could play a part in keeping his legacy alive.

“I want to see that all of his dreams come to fruition,” Crosby said.

Perry died after an apparent drowning in a hot tub, law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News Digital. No drugs were reportedly found nearby, and no foul play is suspected.

Perry was candid about his journey with sobriety and addiction and wrote about his struggles with recovery in his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.”

Tracy Wright is an entertainment reporter for Fox News Digital. Send story tips to


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