Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Cane said that the late Matthew Perry was sober, had quit smoking and was working out sometime before his death.
In an interview with U.S. network NBC’s TODAY show on Wednesday, Kauffman and Cane recalled their final moments with the fallen star.
Kauffman said Perry’s death “seems so unfair” because the actor “was in a really good place” when they last spoke.
“It was great,” she said. “He was happy and chipper. He didn’t seem weighed down by anything. He was in a really good place, which is why this seems so unfair.”
“He seemed better than I had seen in a while. I was so thrilled to see that. He was emotionally in a good place, he looked good, he quit smoking,” Kauffman said.
Asked if he was sober at the time, Kauffman confirmed that “yes, he was sober”.
“He learned things throughout this, and what he learned more than anything is that he wanted to help other addicts, and it gave him purpose.”
Marta Kauffman said that losing Perry was like “losing a friend in multiple ways”.
“And what’s amazing is the outpouring from the fans, who lost a friend of theirs too. And wherever he is, I hope he feels it,” she added.
Meanwhile, results of Perry’s initial post-mortem report are “inconclusive”, as tributes from the actor’s fans and friends continue to pour in.
The US-Canadian star, best known for his portrayal of sarcastic joker Chandler Bing in Friends, died in an apparent drowning in his hot tub. A 911 call captured a small portion of the police response.