The world has been left reeling from the loss of Matthew Perry, the beloved actor best remembered for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the hit TV series "Friends". As the outpouring of grief and nostalgia floods social media, certain details about Perry's final days, specifically his recent Instagram activity, have raised eyebrows and concerns.
Cryptic Messages on Instagram
In the weeks leading up to his untimely passing, Perry's Instagram saw a surge in activity, a notable departure from his prior, more reserved online presence. Curiously, many of these posts were themed around Batman, the iconic DC superhero.
Captions such as "No need to worry everybody, I've got the streets tonight," left fans both intrigued and puzzled. "What's with these strange posts? A week before he died", mused one user, while another speculated, "He left us hidden messages in these last posts." Posthumous scrutiny of these posts has led to a surge of heart-wrenching comments, with many fans interpreting them as a possible "call for help".
One heartbroken fan wrote, "Do you want us to send help? Is this your signal???", while another expressed regret with the sentiment, "He was sending us the bat signal. He needed help. 🥺" Most distressing of all was the photo in Perry's last post which featured him in a hot tub—the very place he was reportedly found deceased.
This particular image elicited a barrage of concerned responses, with one user questioning, "Who took the picture of him in the hot tub for his last post? His entire IG is like PR and only recently he started posting and he was sending out the bat signal and we didn’t get it.
A Long Battle with Addiction
Perry's struggles with addiction were no secret to those who followed his career closely. His brave and candid revelations about his fight against drug and alcohol dependencies spanned decades.
He first sought help in rehab in 1997 and subsequently in 2001 and 2011. It wasn't until 2016 that he laid bare the full extent of his afflictions, revealing in an interview that due to his addiction, he had no recollection of filming three entire seasons of "Friends".
It's a poignant reminder that beneath the surface, even the brightest stars can grapple with profound darkness. As fans and colleagues mourn Perry's passing, the deeper implications of his recent online activity will no doubt be a topic of ongoing speculation and introspection.