Matthew Perry's loved ones are ensuring that his legacy lives on by establishing The Matthew Perry Foundation in his honor. Perry, known for his role in the hit show "Friends," battled alcohol and drug addiction for many years. The foundation aims to support those struggling with substance abuse, reflecting Perry's enduring commitment to helping others.
The foundation's website was launched recently, featuring a black-and-white photo of Perry and an inspiring quote from his November 2022 appearance on a podcast. Perry expressed his desire for helping others to be his foremost legacy, stating, "Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone. But together, one day at a time, we can beat it down."
This is not the first foundation founded by Perry. In 2013, he established Perry House, a men's sober living facility in his former Malibu beach home. Perry's motivation to help others stemmed from his own struggles with addiction. He openly discussed his battles with alcohol and pills, which escalated to the point where he "couldn't hide it, and then everybody knew."
Despite facing numerous challenges, Perry remained dedicated to his recovery. In his memoir released last year, he described his near-death experience at 49 due to drug addiction. Perry spent two weeks in a coma and underwent a challenging hospital stay and subsequent use of a colostomy bag.
Perry wanted to share his story to help those on a similar journey. He emphasized the importance of being safely sober before sharing deeply personal experiences, aiming to offer support and encouragement to others.
The tragic loss of Perry has left his loved ones heartbroken. The circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation, and the cause of death remains pending. However, Perry's legacy of compassion and his commitment to helping others will undoubtedly continue through The Matthew Perry Foundation.