Matthew Perry Recovering After Gastrointestinal Surgery

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The Friends actor was rushed to hospital in LA on Tuesday to have emergency surgery to fix a gastrointestinal perforation.

A gastrointestinal perforation typically occurs in the stomach, small intestine or bowel.

Possible causes are wide-ranging, including trauma from a knife wound or eating a sharp object; a medical procedure such as a colonoscopy, cancers, ulcers or infections.

Matthew Perry's representative has confirmed the actor is now recovering after undergoing gastrointestinal surgery.

"He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals", a rep told U.S. publication PEOPLE.

Perry has been open about his struggles with alcohol and substance abuse, admitting he barely recalls recording three series of Friends because of it.

In 1997 he completed a 28-day program to rid himself of the powerful painkiller. Finally it was one of the older crew members that said, 'Get Miss Turner a chair.' The Friends actors were such a clique - but I don't think my experience with them was unique. "I can help you, '" he told ABC News. He went into rehab in 1997 for Vicodin and again in 2001.

In June of that same year, the Hollywood great - who played Chandler Bing in Friends - was awarded with the 2015 Phoenix Rising Award for overcoming his addictions, although he modestly played down the honour.

"Maybe if I'd had months to work with them, I'd be in a better position to evaluate their skill", she says, "but I could only judge based on the period I worked on the show, which wasn't long".

"I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades", he explained at the time.

"The thing that I'm most proud of in my life is if a stranger came up to me and said 'I can't stop drinking".

We wish you a speedy recovery Matthew!

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