The film world was shocked by the news of the death of Matthew Perry, who played Chandler in the legendary sitcom Friends. Not only friends, but also colleagues are remembering the deceased star. The co-writer of the series that made the actor famous, Marta Kaufmann, has now described how her last meeting with Perry went.
Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman spoke with actor Mathew Perry just two weeks before his death on October 28. The artist was 54 years old at that time. Their conversation was very positive and the screenwriter felt good about it.
“It was great,” Kauffman said in an exclusive Today show interview with Hoda Kotb. “He was happy and lively. He didn’t seem to be bothered by anything. He was doing really well, and that’s why it seems so unfair,” Kaufmann said very emotionally.
He predicted his own manner of death
“I was in total shock,” Marta Kauffman said of the moment she learned of Perry’s death. “My first impulse was to text him, honestly. And then the deep sadness. It’s hard to understand. You know, one minute he’s here and he’s happy, and then poof. He was doing good in the world. He really was doing good in the world,” she said devastated.
Another Friends co-writer, David Crane, agreed with Perry’s prediction that his death would be surprising, but not shocking. “I’d say that’s probably true. Given the path he’s taken, and we’ve all been aware of it, there’s always been a part of me that’s kind of prepared for something like this. But it’s still hard to believe because he was such a living person that it’s hard to believe he’s not here,” he shared, noting that Perry struggled with addiction throughout his life and led a tumultuous life.
Perry was found dead in his own home, specifically in a hot tub. According to the initial investigation, he drowned, however other circumstances of the tragic event are still under investigation. In connection with his death, it is speculated whether, for example, alcohol could have played a role.