Matthew Perry, who rose to global fame as Chandler on Friends, died at the age of 54 on October 28. A week later, in a very close circle in Los Angeles, his funeral took place, which was attended by his family and colleagues from the series.
The world says goodbye to Matthew Perry
The funeral of the “Friends” actor was yesterday
In this short period after his death, his relatives managed to create a foundation, the purpose of which will be to support people who struggle with addictions. On the Matthew Perry Foundation website we learn that it was inspired by his own work during his lifetime.
“The best thing about me is that if someone comes to me and says, ‘I can’t give up alcohol, can you help me?’, I’ll say ‘Yes’ and I will. When I die, no I want Friends to be the first thing I’m associated with. I want that to be the first thing. And I’m going to prove it for the rest of my life.”
These are the words of Matthew Perry on the Q With Tom Power podcast, spoken in 2022. At the time, he was promoting his autobiographical book, Friends, Lovers and the Big Awful Thing.
For much of his life, the “Friends” actor struggled with drug, alcohol and medication addictions. After a skiing accident in 1997, Matthew Perry became addicted to the pain reliever Vicodin and entered an addiction treatment clinic in 2001, Variety recalls.