Matthew Perry recently revealed that he spent three months in the hospital. The actor was suffering from a gastrointestinal perforation.
Perry, who is best known for playing Chandler Bing on Friends, revealed on Friday on Twitter that he had been in the hospital for the last three months. The actor wrote, “Three months in a hospital bed. Check.”
This was Perry’s first tweet in almost six months.
A month ago, Perry’s rep confirmed to E! that the actor was at a Los Angeles medical center for gastrointestinal surgery. He was suffering from gastrointestinal perforation, more commonly known as a ruptured bowel. The condition is life threatening.
Perry’s followers had a number of reactions to his news.
Take care and get well soon x
— Sarah O’Connell (@SarahO_Connell) September 15, 2018
We love you so much, so so much pic.twitter.com/4l1VMZkZO2
— line (@waywardaff) September 15, 2018
Your current situation is not your final destination. You are in my Prayers.
— No Judgment (@n0judgment) September 15, 2018
That’s why you’ve been so quiet. I hope you’ll recover soon. We missed you the past few months. Glad you’ve decided to update us.
— Stephanie Ann Magno (@feversoul) September 15, 2018
Could you *BE* more ill?
Seriously, though, I have been looking for news about you for a while and haven’t seen anything. I wish you a speedy recovery. Please get better. (A big fan from a way back)
— jackdrew (@jackdrew) September 15, 2018
— madison banks (@madisonbanks08) September 15, 2018
I am so glad to see your tweet! But feel truly sorry for what happened. Get well soon, Matthew.
— HELLO GOODMORNING (@Mattding94) September 15, 2018
You need a better bucket list, my friend.
(Hope you’re feeling amazing asap!)
— Kay (@RedHeadedScot) September 15, 2018
Gastrointestinal perforations can occur due to a number of reasons, including appendicitis, stomach ulcers, gallstones and Crohn’s disease. Smoking and overconsumption of alcohol can also lead to such issues, and Perry has been open about his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse. Perry also owns his own sober living facility called Perry House.
While speaking about his struggles with alcohol, Perry said, “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that.‘”
In August, Perry’s rep said that he “recently underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair a gastrointestinal perforation. He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals.”
Since the end of Friends, Perry has also worked as a playwright.