I WAS NEAR DEATH

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Could Matthew Perry be any more grate­ful? The for­mer Friends star, 49, who was rushed into surgery in Au­gust to re­pair a rup­tured bowel, is fi­nally open­ing up about his med­i­cal or­deal — and pals say it’s a mir­a­cle he sur­vived. “He was bat­tling in­fec­tions, tak­ing an­tibi­otics through an IV and so weak he was to­tally bedrid­den,” re­veals an in­sider. “Matt says it was the clos­est to death he’s ever come.” The ac­tor has a long his­tory of health prob­lems: He dealt with al­co­hol ad­dic­tion dur­ing the height of his TV fame, got hooked on opi­ates af­ter a back in­jury in 1997 and was hos­pi­tal­ized with pan­cre­ati­tis in 2000 be­fore he checked into re­hab and got sober in 2001. But now he’s hope­ful there won’t be an­other close call. “Matthew’s just fo­cus­ing on stay­ing healthy and not push­ing him­self too hard,” the pal adds. “He knows he’s lucky to be alive.”★

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