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<I>Friends</I> Star Perry Enters Rehab

Matthew Perry, a star of the television series Friends, has entered a rehabilitation clinic for treatment of an undisclosed condition, the actor's spokeswoman said.

"Following the advice of his doctors, Matthew Perry has entered an undisclosed rehabilitation hospital," publicist Lisa Kasteler said Monday. "Matthew has every intention of completing his treatment so that he can continue his dream of entertaining people and making them laugh."

The statement offered no clues to why the 32-year-old actor needed rehabilitation or where he was hospitalized. Kasteler's office refused to disclose further details.

Perry is one of six co-stars of the wildly popular Friends, a staple of NBC's Thursday night lineup.

In 1997, he entered a rehabilitation hospital for the "early stages of chemical dependency," Kasteler said at the time. People magazine reported that he became addicted to the painkiller Vicodin after suffering wisdom-tooth problems and injuries from an accident on a watercraft.

Last June, Perry wrecked his Porsche on the narrow streets of the Hollywood Hills. No one was injured, and investigators said Perry was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The crash occurred the day Perry ended a two-week stay at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for what he said was a stomach illness. He later joked about rumors that he was suffering from pancreatitis, liver failure or a high-protein diet gone bad.

"At one point there was this story in a London tabloid that all the Friends had gathered around me, and I enjoyed the image of that," Perry said.

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