In a touching tribute to the late Matthew Perry, known for his iconic role in "Friends," his family is dedicated to perpetuating his legacy through the Matthew Perry Foundation. Launched in early November 2023, the foundation embodies Perry's lifelong commitment to battling the stigmas surrounding addiction and advocating for comprehensive care and treatment.
The acclaimed actor, who passed away tragically at 54 in October 2023 following an apparent drowning incident, had a well-documented struggle with drug and alcohol addiction throughout his career. Despite his challenges, Perry remained a beloved figure, renowned for both his acting prowess and his humanitarian efforts.
Speaking to People Magazine ahead of Giving Tuesday, Perry's family expressed their determination to honor his memory: "It is crucial for us, as a family, to uphold Matthew's legacy. The potential that the Matthew Perry Foundation has to assist those battling this disease is a mission we are proud to champion."
Perry's Enduring Mission
The foundation focuses on recognizing addiction as a complex disease and seeks to dismantle the myriad stigmas that hinder individuals from seeking and receiving proper care.
It advocates for more equitable and effective treatment options, resonating with Perry's own experiences and advocacy. A poignant reminder of Perry's dedication to this cause can be found on the foundation's official website, featuring a quote from his November 2022 appearance on the "Q With Tom Power" podcast.
"When I die, I don’t want 'Friends' to be the first thing that’s mentioned; I want helping others to be the first thing that’s mentioned. And I’m going to live the rest of my life proving that," he had stated.
This quote reflects his deep commitment to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with addiction. Perry's family, in continuing his legacy, underscores a powerful message: "Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone.
But together, one day at a time, we can beat it down." Through the Matthew Perry Foundation, his legacy of compassion and support for those battling addiction lives on, a testament to his life and work beyond his celebrated acting career.