Matthew Perry's memoir beats Britney Spears' 'The Woman in Me' to become Amazon No 1 after actor's death
Matthew Perry's 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir' has seen a sales surge since his death on October 28
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: After Matthew Perry's untimely death at 54, his memoir 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir' has knocked Britney Spears off the top spot on Amazon.
According to an Amazon Books communications manager, Perry's hardcover version has jumped to the number one spot on the online retailer's Best Sellers in Books list following his unexpected death over the weekend. Spears previously held the position following the release of her shocking memoir, 'The Woman in Me', last week, as reported by Radar Online.
Matthew Perry's memoir is currently #1
"Matthew Perry's memoir is currently #1 (hardcover) and #5 (Paperback)," said the communications manager, adding that the paperback format will be available beginning March 12, 2024.
According to reports, the 'Friends' star died on Saturday after an apparent drowning. His assistant discovered his body in the jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home.
No illegal drugs were discovered at the scene of death
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No illegal drugs were discovered at the scene, but law enforcement allegedly found anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, and COPD prescriptions in his home, according to TMZ. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe diseases like emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
When Perry's family learned of the news, they rushed to the scene, including his stepfather, 'Dateline' star Keith Morrison. His family has since issued a statement about his tragic death.
Mathew Perry's family issues statement
They said on Monday, "We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."
The LA Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Perry's autopsy was finished on Sunday. Toxicology reports are pending and the official cause of his death will be announced only after they arrive. Although the investigation is ongoing, no suspicion of foul play exists.
In his memoir, Perry—who gained fame for his ten seasons as Chandler Bing on 'Friends'—spoke openly about his battles with substance abuse, providing readers with a shocking and personal glimpse into his private life. According to sources, prior to his death, Perry's friends were worried about his health.
Mathew Perry's friends expressed concern for his health
Perry's friends expressed concern for his health prior to his death, according to sources. His reported habit of smoking two or three packs of cigarettes a day, along with his weight gain, was a source of concern.
Hours before his death, Perry played pickleball, and his partner reported that the actor was "more fatigued than usual."
Extra's Billy Bush reported, “She said he had been fatigued today and over the past week, A little more than usual. He played for one hour then went home."
There is a video of Perry floating around that shows him saying he wanted to be recognized for something other than his endearing role on 'Friends'. He said, “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?'” he stated. “I can say yes and follow up and do it. That’s the best thing.”
He added, “I’ve said this for a long time. When I die, I don’t want Friends to be the first thing that’s mentioned. I want that to be the first thing that’s mentioned and I’m going to live the rest of my life proving that."