• Matthew Perry passed away in his home
  • There has been a ton of speculation surrounding his passing
  • We have new insight into his last days

Stepdad Keith Morrison opens up about Perry's final texts and the bond he shared with his mother, offering a rare insight into the actor's last days.

His family knew him best

Matthew Perry – a name synonymous with laughter and the iconic "Chandler Bing" – left the world in shock with his sudden departure. But just before the curtain fell on his life's stage, Perry experienced a joy he hadn't felt in years.

His stepdad, Keith Morrison (Dateline NBC correspondent), spills the tea on the actor's final months that were filled with heartfelt texts and a rekindled relationship with his mother, Suzanne.

In a touching revelation on Hoda Kotb's podcast 'Making Space,' Morrison painted a picture of a man who was finally finding peace. "Toward the end of his life, they were closer than I have seen them for decades," he confessed, adding that Perry was "happy, and said so."

The tragedy hit hard when Perry was found lifeless in a hot tub at his home in late October. The autopsy report read like a grim Hollywood script – the "acute effects" of ketamine, drowning, coronary artery disease, and the influence of buprenorphine – a cocktail of despair that no one saw coming.

Fans across the globe are mourning the loss of a star who lit up screens with his wit and charm. But amidst the sorrow, there's a sliver of solace in knowing that Perry's final act was one of happiness, even though the final curtain was drawn too soon.

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"He didn't get to have his third act and that's not fair," Morrison lamented.

As we say goodbye to a friend who felt like family, we hold onto the memories and the laughter he left behind. Matthew Perry's untimely death is a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the silent battles many face.