Though John Mulaney did not know Matthew Perry personally, the comedian “really identified” with the late actor’s addiction battle.
“Addiction is just a disaster,” Mulaney, who has struggled with sobriety in the past, told Variety in an interview published Monday.
“Life is like a wobbly table at a restaurant, and you pile all this s–t on it, and it gets wobblier and wobblier and more unstable,” he explained. “Then drugs just kick the f–king legs out from under the table.”
The former “Saturday Night Live” writer, 41, added, “I really identified with his story. I’m thinking about him a lot.”
Perry was found dead inside a hot tub at his California home on Oct. 28. He was 54.
The “Friends” alum was a recovering drug addict and alcoholic who detailed his struggles in his memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which came out last November.
Though Perry’s autopsy has been completed, his cause of death has been “deferred” as toxicology results remain pending.
Meanwhile, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times no illicit substances were discovered at the scene but that authorities did recover prescription medications.
Other law enforcement sources went on to tell TMZ that Perry did not have fentanyl or methamphetamine in his system.
His ex-girlfriend Kayti Edwards speculated that he may have relapsed just before he died, as she told the UK Sun, “I know Matthew, and I know that he wouldn’t have just drowned. I think he might have taken pills in the week leading up to this.”
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However, his friend Athenna Crosby — who had lunch with the TV star just one day before he died — insisted to Fox News Digital that Perry was “100 percent sober when he passed.”
As for Mulaney, he has been sober since late 2020.
In April, the father of one detailed the intervention that preceded that stint in rehab during an episode of “This Past Weekend w/ Theo Von,” saying he “walked into” his home — with his pockets lined with Adderall, cocaine and Xanax — to find “a bunch of people” waiting for him.
The stand-up comic explained that he first “got sober in 2005,” but he “slowly got back into pharmaceuticals over the next 13, 14 years: prescribed, then abused but prescribed, then bought on the street.”
Upon completing treatment in early 2021, he asked his wife of nearly seven years, Anna Marie Tendler, for a divorce.
That September, he confirmed that he and actress Olivia Munn were expecting a child together.
Their son, Malcolm, was born two months later.