Friends star Perry in hos­pi­tal for 3months HEALTH SCARE LINKED TO AB­DOM­I­NAL OP

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Amy Sharpe

“My life re­volves around them now – tak­ing them to school, get­ting them to bed, be­ing there for them, be­ing there at week­ends.

“Fa­ther­hood taught me that there is no love as strong as the love you have for your chil­dren. Not even my love for play­ing live.”

Sir El­ton kicked off the first of his 300-date tour in the US last week.

De­spite his re­luc­tance he is ex­pected to rake in over £300mil­lion for the three-year ex­trav­a­ganza. FRIENDS star Matthew Perry said yes­ter­day that he has been in hos­pi­tal for three months.

The ac­tor, 49, re­vealed his health bat­tle af­ter ma­jor ab­dom­i­nal surgery.

“Three months in a hos­pi­tal bed. Check,” the ac­tor tweeted on Satur­day.

His an­nounce­ment sparked a flood of com­ments from his 1.18 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

Many posted Friends memes and quotes from Chan­dler Bing, his char­ac­ter on the hit US show, in a show of sup­port.

The de­tails of his con­di­tion are un­known but it is be­lieved to be linked to an op­er­a­tion to re­pair a gas­troin­testi­nal per­fo­ra­tion – a hole in the stom­ach, small in­tes­tine or large bowel – in Au­gust.

Con­cern

Symp­toms in­clude se­vere ab­dom­i­nal pain and pos­si­ble causes can in­clude trauma from a knife wound or eat­ing a sharp ob­ject. It can lead to sep­sis and be fa­tal.

At the time of the op­er­a­tion, which was car­ried out at a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal, his rep­re­sen­ta­tive thanked fans for their sup­port, adding: “He is grate­ful for the con­cern and asks for con­tin­ued pri­vacy as he heals.”

It is the lat­est health scare for the ac­tor, who has bat­tled drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

He be­came hooked on booze and the pre­scrip­tion painkiller Vi­codin af­ter a jet ski ac­ci­dent in 1997.

Perry pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted he of­ten used to turn up to the set of Friends while hung over or suf­fer­ing with­drawal symp­toms dur­ing the comedy’s 1990s heydey – prompt­ing co-stars to beg him to seek help.

He later told Peo­ple mag­a­zine: “I had a big prob­lem with pills and al­co­hol, and I couldn’t stop.”

The star spent time in and out of re­hab but has now been sober for 17 years, since fly­ing to an LA fa­cil­ity in 2001 for ad­dic­tion to Vi­codin, am­phet­a­mines, methadone and al­co­hol.

To­day he is an out­spo­ken cam­paigner on the mis­ery of ad­dic­tion and even turned his Mal­ibu home into a sober liv­ing fa­cil­ity to help

other ad­dicts.

END OF THE ROAD: Early El­ton and right, to­day

REV­E­LA­TION: Perry has tweeted fans

TV HIT: As Chan­dler with Friends co-stars

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