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It’s been nearly five months since beloved “Friends” star Matthew Perry passed away. 

His stepfather, Canadian broadcaster and “Dateline” correspondent Keith Morrison, is addressing Perry’s absence, admitting the grief is difficult and the circumstances are “not fair.”

“He felt like he was beating it. But you never beat it, and he knew that, too,” Morrison said of Perry’s past with addiction while appearing on Hoda Kotb’s podcast, “Making Space.”

MATTHEW PERRY’S CAUSE OF DEATH LISTED AS ‘ACUTE EFFECTS OF KETAMINE’

Keith Morrison lifts up yellow crime scene tape as he arrives at Matthew Perrys home split Matthew Perry in a classic tuxedo soft smiles

“Dateline” correspondent Keith Morrison spoke about the grief he’s experiencing in the wake of his stepson Matthew Perry’s death. (Getty Images)

“He was happy, and he said so. And he hadn’t said that for a long time,” Morrison admitted. “It’s a source of comfort, but also, you know he didn’t get to have his third act, and that’s not fair.”

An autopsy report revealed in December that Perry died from acute effects of ketamine. Coronary artery disease and buprenorphrine effects were also listed as additional conditions that contributed to his death. The actor was found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home in October.

Keith Morrison stands outside Matthew Perry's house with another few men and police

Keith Morrison was photographed outside Matthew Perry’s home, where the actor was found dead in his hot tub. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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“As other people have told me, hundreds of times, it doesn’t go away. It’s with you every day. It’s with you all the time, and there’s some new aspect of it that assaults your brain,” Morrison said of the grieving process. “It’s not easy. Especially for his mom,” referencing his wife, Suzanne.

“Toward the end of his life, they were closer than I’ve seen them – had seen them for decades. Texting each other constantly. Him sharing things with her that most middle-aged men don’t share with their mothers.”

Grief-stricken Suzanne Perry is hugged outside the home of her son, Matthew Perry

A grief-stricken Suzanne Perry was seen outside her son’s home after it was reported that he had died. (MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images)

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Morrison, who was photographed arriving on the scene the night Perry died, also spoke about whether the news of Perry’s death surprised him. “It was the news you never want to get, but you think someday you might,” he shared. “Yes and no, I guess is the answer to that.”

Matthew Perry sits down on stage in a blue suit and black shirt with his arm raised

Matthew Perry died at the age of 54 from acute effects of ketamine. (Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times)

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“He was a larger-than-life person,” Morrison added of Perry. “He was always the center of attention everywhere he went… That kind of personality. He was goofy, he was funny, he was acerbic. But even if he didn’t say a word, he was the center of attention.”

“It’s gone, but you still feel the echo of it everywhere,” he said of Perry’s presence.