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Inside Friends cast's real life heartbreaks – from star’s 7 miscarriages to tragic death & 15 rehab stints | The Sun
October 20, 2022
WITH its brilliant ensemble cast and witty one-liners, Friends became one of the most iconic comedy sitcoms of all time.
But while its six stars made fans laugh for 10 seasons, their personal lives have been marred by tragedies, health issues and heartbreak.
Fans have gone so far as to suggest there's a 'Friends curse' which plagues its actors.
This week Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing, admitted he nearly died as a result of years of drug abuse, and was forced to use a colostomy bag for nine months after his colon burst.
In his new memoir Friends, Lovers, And The Big Terrible Thing, the 53-year-old star – who has had 15 stays in rehab – lays bare his decades of substance abuse, telling how at one point he slipped into a coma for two weeks.
Matthew remained in hospital for five months fighting for his life, with doctors telling his family he had a "two per cent chance" of survival.
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He told PEOPLE magazine this week: "I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that's called a Hail Mary. No one survives that."
Matthew's struggle with substance abuse began at 24, when he was cast on Friends.
He admitted large chunks of his memories of seasons three to six of Friends were wiped out as he was so "out of it". At one point he was taking 55 Vicodin a day during his time on the show.
Here, we take a look at the misfortunes endured by the rest of the Friends cast.
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