Matthew Perry's pickleball partner noticed worrying signs that he was unwell just hours before his tragic death.
The Friends actor played pickleball – a game similar to tennis where two players hit a plastic ball with holes over a net – on the day he was found dead in his hot tub.
Extra host Billy Bush shared on Instagram that the person he had been playing with noticed signs that Matthew wasn't quite right.
He wrote: "I spoke to the woman he played with this morning and every morning. She is in shock, adored Matt… She said he had been fatigued today and over the past week. A little more than usual. He played for one hour, then went home."
The 54 year old actor was found dead in his Los Angeles home on October 28 after reportedly drowning in his hot tub. It was reported that there were no drugs on the scene and cops did not suspect any foul play.
In the years leading up to his death, Matthew openly discussed his struggles with opioid addiction. His time on Friends was significantly impacted by drug and alcohol addiction, with the star once addicted to painkiller Vicodin.
The late actor is best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular NBC sitcom Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004.
The show ran for ten seasons and the cast more recently got together for Friends: The Reunion, which aired in 2021.
The news of Matthew's death has prompted an outpouring of tributes, including from journalist Billy.
In a sweet tribute, Billy said: "To all of us he's the guy you wanted to be friends with and to women… the perfect boyfriend. Everyone had a crush on Chandler Bing. That role came up and he met that opportunity with precision. He nailed it and his mark is indelible."
He concluded his post by writing: "I'm grateful to have known him, admired his courage under the grips of a relentless disease and will pay tribute in a BIG way Monday on [ExtraTV]."
He added in a follow-up post on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself interviewing Matthew once: "That's the guy I remember. Kind, a little shy but charming, gracious and handsome. A 'quiet keep to myself kinda fella' as he put it."
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