A foundation established in memory of the late actor Matthew Perry aims to support those grappling with addiction. Perry, renowned for his portrayal of Chandler in the TV sitcom Friends, passed away last weekend at the age of 54. Throughout much of his adult life, the star grappled with addictions to alcohol and drugs.
The Matthew Perry Foundation expressed that it embodies “Matthew’s enduring commitment to aiding individuals dealing with the challenges of addiction.” It aspires to honor his legacy by making a positive difference in the lives of those struggling with addiction, guided by Perry’s words and experiences.
Quoting Perry’s heartfelt desire, the foundation’s website emphasized his wish to be remembered for his dedication to helping others instead of his fame from Friends. His memoir quote highlighted the collective strength required to combat addiction.
The National Philanthropic Trust, a group aiding not-for-profit organizations in fundraising, has confirmed its involvement in managing this new fund.
Reports suggest that Perry’s funeral took place in Los Angeles, with his Friends co-stars attending. His sudden death on October 28 in Los Angeles has left authorities awaiting toxicology test results.
Marta Kauffman, co-creator of Friends, shared her last conversation with Perry, mentioning he seemed to be in a positive place and expressed his intention to aid other addicts, giving him a sense of purpose. Co-creator David Crane echoed this sentiment, affirming Perry’s commitment to assisting others struggling with addiction.
Perry’s dedication to supporting recovery from addiction led him to convert his Malibu property into a sober living facility, Perry House, and later received recognition from the White House. Despite selling it, his commitment to aiding recovering addicts remained unwavering.
Fellow actor Hank Azaria praised Perry, highlighting how Perry’s support had been instrumental in his own journey to sobriety. Perry’s Friends co-stars also expressed their deep grief over his passing in a joint statement, reflecting the profound impact he had on their lives.