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Matthew Perry's pals plan to establish actor's dream foundation to assist people battling substance abuse

In 2013, Matthew Perry converted his beachfront home in Malibu into the Perry House, a sober living facility for men who are abusing alcohol
UPDATED APR 26, 2024
Friends of the late actor Matthew Perry plan to honor him (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Friends of the late actor Matthew Perry plan to honor him (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Friends of Matthew Perry plan to honor him by making true his ambition of establishing a foundation to assist those battling with substance abuse.

Perry, 54, reportedly drowned in his Los Angeles home on Saturday, which resulted in his sudden death. The adored 'Friends' star was candid about his battle with alcoholism and drug addiction throughout his life before he died.

Matthew Perry remembered for doing good deeds

Matthew Perry attends the 2022 GQ Men Of The Year Party Hosted By Global Editorial Director Will Welch at The West Hollywood EDITION on November 17, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Matthew Perry attends the 2022 GQ Men Of The Year Party Hosted By Global Editorial Director Will Welch at The West Hollywood EDITION on November 17, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

In his memoir 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing', Perry tackled his desire to be remembered for doing good deeds even though he was aware that his legacy as Chandler Bing from 'Friends' would probably take precedence over his off-screen work, as reported by RadarOnline.

Matthew Perry's mission against alcoholism

Perry had hoped to utilize his foundation to further his mission of providing support to those struggling with alcoholism and drug misuse, but sadly, he was unable to see his dream realised.

The late actor's close friends intend to fulfil those ambitions in his memory, according to TMZ.

Matthew Perry talked about the 'ups and downs in my life'

Matthew Perry poses at a photocall for
Matthew Perry poses at a photocall for "The End Of Longing", a new play that he wrote and stars in at The Playhouse Theatre, on February 8, 2016, in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

It is unknown what the foundation will do, but it will probably continue where Perry left off. In 2013, Perry converted his beachfront home in Malibu into the Perry House, a sober living facility for men who are abusing alcohol.

Perry told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015, "I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades."

He added, "The best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, 'Will you help me stop drinking?' I will say, 'Yes. I know how to do that.'"

The 'Odd Couple' star planned to create a larger centre in the future, so she sold the house in 2015.

Regarding his future plans for the centre, Perry told a source, "I'm keeping the business going because I like it; it's a good way to help alcoholics."

Perry was able to change the lives of other addicts who were having difficulties, even though he did not survive to see the Perry House's purpose expanded.

In a heartfelt homage, comedian Hank Azaria thanked the actor for his assistance in helping him with his alcohol addiction.

Matthew Perry was 'caring and giving and wise'

Matthew Perry attends the 2022 GQ Men Of The Year Party Hosted By Global Editorial Director Will Welch at The West Hollywood EDITION on November 17, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Matthew Perry attends the 2022 GQ Men Of The Year Party Hosted By Global Editorial Director Will Welch at The West Hollywood EDITION on November 17, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

Azaria said in the Instagram video, "I'm a sober guy for 17 years. I want to say that the night I went into AA, Matthew brought me in. The whole first year I was sober, we went to meetings together."

Azaria added, "As a sober person, he was so caring and giving and wise and he totally helped me get sober."

Azaria said, "I really wish he could have found it in himself to stay with the sober life more consistently."

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