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St Peter’s going to be letting him in this alone

Perry grew up lonely, rootless and insecure. He recalled beating up Trudeau’s son Justin at Rockcliffe Park elementary, a public school in a wealthy neighbourhood, because the future prime minister of Canada was better than him at sports.

21 thoughts on “St Peter’s going to be letting him in this alone”

  1. Actor had weird and messed up childhood shocker!

    Also just pointing out its another ‘died suddenly’ thats being studiously avoided by all the press coverage (do we really need the death of a B list US celeb plastered all over the UK’s media?)

  2. “Trudeau’s son Justin”: aye, maybe. Or perhaps his mum suffered from Castroenteritis.

    P.S. I claim copyright on that one.

  3. Here’s the victim’s response:

    @JustinTrudeau
    Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening. I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them. Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed.

    Depending on the day of the week, Trudi could have claimed racially-aggravated assault.

  4. Jim has made the point I was going to make.

    For a regular update on bizarre suddent deaths, Mark Crispin Miller’s substack is eye-opening. (Miller is a NYU professor of media studies who used to be lauded for his work on exposing media bullshit and lies… until he started exposing the wrong kind of media bullshit and lies).

    https://substack.com/@markcrispinmiller1

  5. Dunno.. Does the article mention that he was a very heavy alcoholic, addicted to painkillers, had already had a heart attack, a perforated intestine and a minor aneurysm because of that?
    Not to mention that his liver must have looked like the worst hellscape of WWI…

    Sudden, yes. Unexpected/Untimely? Who are we kidding?

  6. No idea of the facts in the specific case, but 50+ year-old drops dead after 30+ years of abusing various substances, medications etc doesn’t exactly trouble the surprise-o-meter.

    Still the ancedote about JT does show a degree of good judgement in the younger Matthew Perry. Shame he didn’t carry that into adulthood really. Life’s a bitch.

    Cheers Matt, bet you were a fun guy, sorry you had to check out so early.

  7. Dying in your fifties isn’t really surprising for men full stop, never mind someone with that history.

    1 in 5 American males is dead by sixty.

    1 in 10 don’t even make it to fifty.

    And about 1 in 20 are gone before they hit forty. Most of the damage comes from the twenties and thirties – only 1% of US males die before reaching eighteen, despite the well-known risks of youth.

    https://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/table4c6.html#fn1

  8. Idle question, not trying to make a point.

    Are those age-at-death stats distorted in any way by including gang violence, or did the compilers control for inner cities? (IIRC if you remove the ghettoes, then US gun deaths are broadly similar to other developed countries)

  9. Uncorrected. Take out guns, drugs, US does well by lifespan. Split by race/inner city and same general result.

  10. “distorted or controlled?”

    The actuarial table looks to be raw.

    Interesting (from a lay perspective):

    The headline “average life expectancy” of 74 (male) is less than ~78+, which is when half the people born are expected to have died. Median (ie, the latter) makes more sense to me (as a headline number).

    Go back just one year and those numbers are 76+ and 80+ respectively….

  11. @BiW I think gang violence has an impact on those numbers, but it’s actually minor.

    Not because it doesn’t happen “often”, but rather because the actual deaths from (gun) violence are dwarfed by those as a result of drug (ab)use. At any lower age bracket.

    There’s always “Males do Stupid Things that Kills Them”, but that doesn’t really come into play until 16-ish, and is more a major cause of death for the 18+ bracket, when the lads break free from the confining encoddlement of Modern Parenting™.
    Without any of the lumps needed to knock some sense into them before they’re let loose.

    But that’s just my observation.

  12. Jesus, Matthew Perry’s death is STILL front page news on the BBC website. Why? Is it because the middle aged BBC managers and editors all spent their youth in the 90s watching Friends and his death is a sharp reminder that they aren’t immortal?

  13. Remember the Canadian media and politicians ginned up an anti-Christian pogrom by telling horrible lies about Christian schools and “mass graves” that have never been found?

    How come nobody was arrested for that?

  14. Jesus, Matthew Perry’s death is STILL front page news on the BBC website. Why? Is it because the middle aged BBC managers and editors all spent their youth in the 90s watching Friends and his death is a sharp reminder that they aren’t immortal?

    And yet, Keith Richards still lives.

  15. ‘Dunno.. Does the article mention that he was a very heavy alcoholic, addicted to painkillers, had already had a heart attack, a perforated intestine and a minor aneurysm because of that?’

    No, for some reason it claims he drowned, despite the calls having been for a heart attack.

    Look, obviously, some people have always died suddenly and maybe he’s one of them.

    Professional cyclists have always died or had sudden heart problems, but when Mark Groeneveld died of a heart attack aged 20 this week he became the fifth Dutch or Flemish cyclist to either die or suffer serious heart problems this year.

    More generally, you’re going to have to work a lot harder to explain the ongoing elevated death ratesin all advanced countries which started mysteriously around the time the jabs were rolled out.

  16. when Mark Groeneveld died of a heart attack aged 20 this week he became the fifth Dutch or Flemish cyclist to either die or suffer serious heart problems this year.

    When is the Nobel Prize committee going to retract their latest boo-boo of awarding the prize to the inventors of the rNA silent killer?

  17. @asiaseen

    They still haven’t revoked the one they dished out in 1949 to Egas Moniz for inventing lobotomy, so I wouldn’t hold your breath.

  18. @Grikath (or people replying to him)

    An unfortunate thing for the Yanks is that the drug/opioid problem is cutting swathes through the middle classes too. So “if it wasn’t for the drugs, America would be doing well on life spans” doesn’t really get us very far – given the iatrogenic nature of much of the opioid epidemic, it doesn’t even absolve the US health care system. Download a similar UK life table from the ONS – and I think pretty much any West European one – that US death toll among twenty, thirty and forty somethings really stands out. As you say, it kicks in after 18 despite what you might think about dumb teen males. And US homicide rates are about 7 per 100k per year – worse than the safest Europe by an order of magnitude (though only about twice as bad as, say, the Baltic states) but still under 1% of annual deaths. Disproportionately harmful to life expectancy calculations due to being concentrated among the young, of course, but nowhere near enough for “gang violence” to be more than a rounding error in the number of Americans dead by fifty or sixty.

    And I picked the US because this happened in the US. The ONS figures for the UK still show about 10% dead by sixty iirc. Fifty somethings die. Yes being wealthy makes that less likely than if you live in a poverty stricken ghetto, but not if you spent a good proportion of that wealth buying toxins to ingest.

  19. @Anon

    @Grikath (or people replying to him)
    An unfortunate thing for the Yanks is that the drug/opioid problem is cutting swathes through the middle classes too.

    That’s true. But something is driving early deaths above even the prevailing level, and at a time when (in theory at least) they should be lower because some people did die of Covid (or iatrogenically).

    The in surers seem concerned:

    https://insurancenewsnet.com/innarticle/excess-mortality-continuing-surge-causes-concerns?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

    For example, younger adult mortality rates are up more than 20% in 2023, the CDC said. Cause of death data show increased cardiac mortality in all ages. And even as COVID-related causes declined in 2022, others rose, particularly stroke, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases.

    They’re identifying causes of death – some of them, such as cardiac and stroke, closely associated with the jabs – so these are clearly very much not all fentanyl deaths. In fact, fentanyl isn’t even mentioned in this piece. Nor are opioids, nor even any generic ‘drug overdose’.

    The real concern for life insurers lies in preparing for an unexpected wave of death claims and the impact on their assets under management,” (industry executive Samantha Chow) said. “Do they have enough reserves to weather these outflows, given the excess deaths? It’s not just about death or health. It is about the industry’s ability and readiness to manage this monumental outflow.”
    (Capgemini’s recent) World Life Insurance Report (predicted) a massive outflow of nearly 40% of life insurers’ assets under management (AUM), totaling $7.8 trillion, by 2040.
    “When we factor in the rise of payouts on death claims, the magnitude of the situation demands urgent attention by the industry,” (the report) said.

    Opioids are not increasingly in popularity to the point where life insurance companies are facing existential financial issues, are they? As I say, they’re not even mentioned in that piece.

  20. @Interested – “for some reason it claims he drowned, despite the calls having been for a heart attack”

    He had previous heart problems and stopped his sporting activity that day due to fatigue. I think a heart attack is very likely. But if you have a heart attack in a jacuzzi, there’s a high likelihood or drowning very quickly, whereas if you collapse on the floor, you might be found in time to save you. I expect the autopsy will show that he had a heart attack and this is what made him drown.

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