Matthew Perry's wish for how he wanted to be remembered

Written by Jeppe W

Oct.30 - 2023 12:36 PM CET

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Matthew Perry, celebrated globally for his iconic role as Chandler Bing on "Friends," left an indelible mark on the world of television and comedy.

But as the world mourns his recent passing, it is vital to honor his wish to be remembered not just as a superstar of the sitcom world but as a fervent advocate for sobriety and mental health.

At the age of 54, Perry was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home, drawing curtains on a life lived in the limelight yet marked by personal battles and resilience.

Perry’s journey in Hollywood is a testament to his talent, but his struggles with drug and alcohol misuse painted a more complex picture of the actor.

He openly shared his experiences, using his platform to raise awareness and offer support to those grappling with similar issues.

“The best thing about me, bar none, is if somebody comes up to me and says, 'I can't stop drinking. Can you help me?' I can say yes and follow up and do it," Perry stated in a poignant 2022 interview.

He emphasized his desire for his legacy to reflect his dedication to helping others, rather than solely his association with “Friends.”

His 2022 memoir, "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing," laid bare the gravity of his addiction, revealing a moment where he was given a mere 2 percent chance of survival following a catastrophic health event due to opioid overuse.

Despite such adversities, Perry’s resolve to use his experiences to aid others remained steadfast.

Beyond his on-screen achievements, Perry’s commitment to recovery and support for others materialized through the creation of the Perry House in Malibu, a sober-living facility for men.

His play "The End of Longing" served as a raw and personal message, addressing the trials of addiction.

Perry’s co-star from the 1994 film “Parallel Lives,” Mira Sorvino, echoed his sentiments in a tribute, urging the world to remember Perry for his bravery and commitment to making a difference.

In honoring Matthew Perry’s legacy, it is imperative to respect his wish: to be remembered as a man who faced his darkest moments head-on and used his journey to light the way for others.

His humor brought joy to millions, but his courage and dedication to sobriety and mental health awareness marked him as a true hero off-screen.

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