Former girlfriend Kayti Edwards has shared her thoughts on Matthew Perry’s untimely demise, suggesting a potential relapse in the actor’s battle with substance abuse. In an exclusive interview, Edwards, who briefly dated Perry in 2006 after meeting at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, expressed doubts about the circumstances surrounding his death, stating, “I know Matthew, and he wouldn’t have just drowned. I think he might have taken pills in the week leading up to this.”
Edwards, who also worked as Perry’s assistant in 2011, disclosed details about their close relationship and Perry’s struggles with addiction. Contrary to initial toxicology reports that ruled out meth or fentanyl, Edwards raised questions, saying, “Things aren’t adding up.” She emphasized that prescription painkillers were not left lying around, as Perry was cautious, and only some prescription medications were found at the scene.
According to Edwards, Perry’s last Instagram post, featuring him in a jacuzzi with the caption “Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman,” hinted at a possible relapse. She explained, “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 recounted instances of Perry’s risky behavior during times of substance use, including being found “naked and high in his neighbor’s swimming pool.” She claimed Perry had a penchant for water-related activities during such episodes, often being alone.
Despite Perry’s struggle with addiction, he had planned to continue helping those facing similar challenges. Reports suggest that he intended to establish a foundation to assist individuals with addiction issues, building on his previous initiative, Perry House, a men’s sober living facility that operated for two years.
Matthew Perry’s cause of death remains “deferred” as investigations continue. The actor had openly discussed his prolonged battle with addiction, revealing in October 2022 that he had almost died at the age of 49 due to drug addiction. His commitment to aiding others in their journey to sobriety was evident through his foundation plans, reflecting a dedication that endured until his final days.