In a recent interview with the UK Sun, Edwards expressed her skepticism about the circumstances surrounding Perry’s death. She suggested that Perry’s final Instagram photo, depicting him relaxing in a hot tub, might indicate that he was not sober at the time of his passing.
“I know Matthew, and I know that he wouldn’t have just drowned,” Edwards stated. “I think he might have taken pills in the week leading up to this.”
Matthew Perry was discovered dead at his Los Angeles home on October 28, with an initial report suggesting an apparent drowning. According to TMZ, Perry’s assistant found him submerged in a hot tub, and he was unresponsive by the time first responders arrived. While prescription medications were found at the residence, no illegal drugs were reported.
The cause of death is currently listed as “deferred,” pending additional tests, including toxicology. Perry had publicly spoken about his journey to sobriety in 2021, claiming he was sober and acknowledging the significant financial cost of his efforts to stay clean.
However, Edwards asserted that “things aren’t adding up” and alleged that Perry had a history of drug use. She claimed that Perry, in moments of paranoia, would consume various drugs and then seek more when ready.
Edwards also highlighted Perry’s last Instagram post, where he referred to himself as “Mattman” while in the hot tub. She suggested that the use of “Mattman” was a sign of Perry being under the influence of illicit drugs.
“That Mattman thing was not something he did when he was sober. Mattman would come out when he was not sober, and he felt kind of invincible,” Edwards claimed.
Moreover, Edwards shared her observations of Perry’s connection with water during his drug use, mentioning an incident where he was allegedly found “naked and high” in a neighbor’s swimming pool. She claimed that Perry was consistently alone when engaging in drug-related activities.
Perry’s struggles with drugs and alcohol were often discussed publicly. In his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” he expressed gratitude to co-star Jennifer Aniston for her support during challenging times. Aniston, along with other “Friends” cast members, paid tribute to Perry at his funeral on November 8.
Perry’s friend Athenna Crosby, one of the last people to see him alive, contradicted claims of a relapse, stating that Perry was “100 percent” sober in their last interaction. She defended him against speculations about a relapse, emphasizing that he did not show any signs of drug or alcohol influence during their encounter.