The “mysterious brunette” who was seen at a restaurant with Matthew Perry just hours before the actor’s death has been identified as model and reporter Athenna Crosby. In a post on her Instagram, this Wednesday (1st), the 25-year-old clarified her relationship with Perry and regretted his premature departure.
“I wasn’t going to talk about it, but I will say that I had the honor of meeting Matthew in person.”she wrote in her stories alongside a black and white photo of Perry. “I am so devastated by his death, but I felt it was in poor taste to talk about it publicly as the attention should not be on me, but on him and his legacy. He was an extremely private person and I always respected that in our friendship.”he explained.
Crosby concluded the post by talking about the photos that made waves on the internet earlier: “But we were actually friends and I was one of the last people to talk to him and see him before he died.”. However, she returned soon after to make a request to the “Friends” star’s fans. “I want to emphasize that Matthew was in a very good mood and spoke to me enthusiastically about the things that had happened in his life. He was so happy and vibrant.”he added.
And he finished: “Please do not talk about any speculation surrounding his death. That man was back and he truly deserved more time on this earth. Our entertainment industry has truly lost a legend.”.
According to TMZ, Matthew Perry was last seen having lunch with Athenna about 24 hours before he was found dead. He was at the Hotel Bel-Air, wearing a black shirt, while talking to the girl. Sources told the portal that the actor was so involved in the chat that he even forgot to eat or drink. The photos were taken on October 27th, around 2:30 pm. Click here to see the images.
After the photos were released, the reporter told Entertainment Tonight that they were talking about the artist’s future work, including a possible biopic starring none other than Zac Efron. “He had already worked with Zac Efron on a film and said he wanted Zac to play him as a younger version [de si mesmo] and that I would soon ask him to do so.”Crosby revealed to the portal. “He was eager to share more about his story and his recovery from addiction, and really champion this cause to help more people, so he was so optimistic and happy about everything he wanted to do.”continued.
The model also said that Perry was very “enthusiastic” about the project and “absolutely looking forward to life” before he died at the age of 54 from an apparent drowning, at his home in Los Angeles.