Matthew Perry’s beauty queen friend has said the star was ‘100 per cent’ sober before his tragic death aged 54 as she hit back at speculation over his death.
Matthew was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home on Saturday, October 28. He had spoken openly about his decades-long battle with addiction before his passing.
Athenna Crosby – who was pictured having lunch with the star the day before his death – told Fox News Digital: ‘He was 100 percent sober when he passed.
‘I mean, I can’t know what exactly he was thinking or feeling. I can only share my experience. And, of course, he was his own person that maybe he had said, done or thought of things the day that he passed that I might never come to know.
‘In the interaction that I had with him, he was extremely positive, sober, acting normal, spoke very well, did not give me any impression that he was under of any kind. So, I think people are speculating that this was a relapse situation. I just want to defend him and say that it was not.’
Tragic loss: Matthew Perry’s beauty queen friend has said the star was ‘100 per cent’ sober before his tragic death aged 54
Hitting back: Athenna Crosby – who was pictured having lunch with the star the day before his death – told Fox News Digital : ‘He was 100 percent sober when he passed’
‘I was just having lunch with a friend and did not think anything of it, did not feel like there was anything coming,’ she said. ‘I didn’t suspect anything. He was completely normal. So, I later went home and did not think about it until the next day when I heard the news.’
She confirmed she wasn’t dating Perry at the time of his death.
‘I think a lot of that speculation is coming from the place that people really cared about Matthew, and they really wanted him to find love. And they really wanted him to have a family and have children because that’s something that he came out and said that he really wanted,’ Crosby said.
‘So, of course, you know, people are thinking that that could be anyone. And I happen to be the last person to be seen with him. But we were not really involved like that.’
‘The discussion began with him talking about his recovery and his advocacy work and how he really wanted to start a foundation to help people on their road to recovery and generously donate money from his success in the industry to helping other people recover.’
‘He also talked about the medium of storytelling being the way that he wanted to do that as well. Given that he was an actor, he loved being creative, loved being in the movies and TV shows.’
This comes after Athenna said Perry’s obsession with Batman ‘wasn’t a cry for help’, says the late actor’s friend who was one of the last to see him alive.
Athenna has now spoken out about Matthew’s final hours and shut down speculation his last social media posts referencing Batman were subliminal messages
‘Matthew was very sweet and a little bit nerdy. He loved Batman. He called his car the Batmobile because it was all tinted black and had matt paint on it, just like the Batmobile,’ Athenna told TMZ.
‘No subliminal message’: This comes after Athenna said Perry ‘s obsession with Batman ‘wasn’t a cry for help’ , says the late actor’s friend who was one of the last to see him alive
‘He was just a sweet nerd’: Athenna has now spoken out about Matthew’s final hours and shut down speculation his last social media posts referencing Batman had subliminal messages
‘He had been calling himself Mattman lately which was a nickname he dubbed for himself and he was really goofy and playful.
‘I think people assuming that his posts about the Bat signal or the fact he was calling himself Batman were some sort of subliminal messages to ask for help or a cry for help – that’s just completely false.
‘He was just a sweet nerd that liked Batman. He talks about his love of Batman in the book. Anybody who is speculating that it had anything to do with it is getting carried away.’
Athenna said she was speaking out ‘to attest for Matthew’s character the day before he passed’.
She said: ‘He was in an extremely good mood, he was excited about the future and he was taking care of his health. The fact that he died was a freak accident. There’s nothing fishy about it.’
Fans had speculated Matthew’s fixation with Batman was a cry for help came after all seven of his last social media posts referenced the superhero.
The frequent references to the Batman logo made many fans to believe it was actually Perry’s own bat signal, which is the distress signal used in fictional Gotham City to summon Batman to help.
Fans suggested the actor’s posts may have been his own call for help.
Matthew regularly signed his posts with ‘I’m Mattman’ – his Batman-inspired nickname.
Devastating: Matthew died aged 54 after he was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home on Saturday (the actor’s last Instagram post)
He wrote the caption: ‘No need to worry everybody,’ Perry wrote, ‘I’ve got the streets tonight.’
In another post, he showed the bat signal lit up in red lights, with the message: ‘Sleep well everybody. I’ve got the city tonight—Mattman.’ It was followed by a picture of a sign reading: ‘BATMAN PLAYS PICKLEBALL.’
Pickleball was the sport Perry was believed to be playing just hours before his death.
He also posted a video of three red berries, writing: ‘This is what I’ve had to eat today. I’m Mattman’ as well as a carved pumpkin with a Batman logo hole.
His penultimate post was of the half-moon in the sky, with the caption: ‘Do you understand what I’m trying to tell you?—I’m Mattman.’
And in his final public post, he called himself Mattman again, as he posed in a pool at night with the half-moon behind him, with the caption: ‘Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman.’
Superhero fan: In the days before his death, Perry posted seven times with illusions to Batman. Many fans, at the time, thought that it was a cry for help
Days ago: On October 18, Matthew shared another nighttime shot taken outside with the Batman emblem lit up in red lights on his pool
Fixation: One of the star’s final posts showed The Batman movie being shown on multiple screens
His words: The last chapter – and line – of Matthew Perry’s memoir was about Batman
Previously, Perry admitted that he saw himself as Batman – a young, damaged individual who channeled the loss of his parents into being a crime-fighting vigilante with a strong sense of justice to help other people.
He called the superhero a ‘rich loner,’ which was a description he related to after getting into the movies directed by Christopher Nolan directed in the mid 2000s.
Investigations into Perry’s death are still ongoing, however officials have said there are no indications foul play was a factor.
He is believed to have drowned, although an official cause of death has not been announced.
First responders on the scene revealed that when Perry was found by his assistant, he was found underwater before she lifted his head up in a desperate attempt to get him some air.
By the time the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived at his Pacific Palisades home, the actor was already dead, it was later determined.
It comes after a 15-second dispatch call emerged revealing the moment his assistant called 911 to report a possible cardiac arrest.
Perry had been open about his past struggles with alcohol and substance abuse, but said in recent interviews he was clean and sober.
Perry wrote in his memoir, published last year, that he had spent $9 million trying to get sober, revealing he had been to 6,000 AA meetings, gone to rehab 15 times, and been in detox 65 times.
First responders are said to have found anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications at the property – but there was no sign of any illegal drugs.
Family friends had also reported that he seemed ‘fatigued’ in the days before his death.