Matthew Perry’s legacy: This is how Jennifer Aniston tries to help his family

Matthew Perry’s legacy
This is how Jennifer Aniston tries to help his family

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Jennifer Aniston (54) has asked her more than 45 million fans to support the charity foundation of her late colleague Matthew Perry (1969-2023).

On Tuesday she posted on her Instagram-Stories a black-and-white photo of Perry smiling along with his quote: “Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone. But together, day by day, we can do it.” Aniston asks her fans: “Please help me and Matty’s family support the foundation – it works to help those struggling with addiction.” Finally, she writes to her fans: “He would have been grateful for the love.”

Matthew Perry himself struggled with addiction for years. In his 2022 memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” he wrote that he attended 6,000 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and went through withdrawals 15 times. He eventually helped others overcome addiction, including celebrities like Hank Azaria, 59, who publicly thanked Perry for his help.

The foundation is intended to help addicts – and become Perry’s legacy

The family of the actor, who died in October, set up the “Matthew Perry Foundation” after his death, which takes care of people suffering from addiction. Also the website promotes donations with the black and white photo and Perry’s words. She also quotes Perry as saying, “When I die, I don’t want ‘Friends’ to be the first thing mentioned – I want helping others to be the first thing mentioned. And I will be the rest spend my life proving that.”

Matthew Perry’s assistant found the actor lifeless in his hot tub on October 28th. The exact cause of death is still unclear and the results of the autopsy are still pending. The funeral took place on November 3rd at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. All five “Friends” co-stars were also present at the private service.


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