The Matthew Perry Foundation was created to continue the actor’s commitment to helping others struggling with addiction.
The foundation said it will honor Perry’s “legacy and be guided by his own words and experiences and driven by his passion to change as many lives as possible.”
The Friends The star died in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home on Oct. 28 at age 54, according to law enforcement sources told The Los Angeles Times by the time. The LA coroner’s office has not yet determined the cause of death.
Perry had spoken openly about his decades-long struggles with alcohol and opioid addiction. In his memoirs Friends, lovers and the big terrible thingIn the film, released last year, the actor recalled the peak of his addiction, which was in his later years On the NBC sitcom, he took 55 Vicodin tablets a day.
He said while promoting his book The New York Times that he had been sober for 18 months and had “probably spent $9 million or something to get sober.” He seemed committed to his sobriety and also wanted to help others who were struggling.
“If I die, I don’t want to Friends be mentioned first – I want “Helping Others” to be mentioned first. And I’m going to spend the rest of my life proving that,” Perry previously said. “Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to conquer alone. But together we can do it one day at a time.”
Friends Co-creator Marta Kauffman said on Today show that she spoke to Perry two weeks before his death and noted that “he was happy and cheerful.” He didn’t seem to be burdened by anything. He was doing really well.”
“He seemed better than I had seen in a while,” she added. “I was so excited to see that. He was doing well emotionally. He looked good. He stopped smoking. Yes, he was sober. He learned things along the way, and the main thing he learned was that he wanted to help other addicts, and that gave him a purpose.”
The Matthew Perry Foundation is a donor-advised fund sponsored and managed by the National Philanthropic Trust.