The Friends alum—who died at age 54 in an apparent drowning at his Los Angeles home Oct. 28—released his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing in November 2022. And amid recounting his rise to fame on the NBC sitcom, he gave insight into his decades-long sobriety journey.
In the book, Perry recalled battling drug and alcohol abuse since his teens, sharing he spent $7 million trying to get clean over the years. At the time of publication, he was 18 months sober.
"There's been some real up and downs in my life," Perry told E! News following the memoir's release, "and this is a lot about the downs, but the further down you go, the more people you can help."
The Fools Rush In actor also shared why it meant so much to him that readers "took the story into their hearts."
"People have just loved it," he said. "I shied away from nothing and I told the truth and the biggest thing was, the goal was, to help people and I know of a lot of people already who have been helped by it."
In fact, Perry noted, "We've already heard about five different people that have read it and then checked into rehab the next day."
Ultimately, knowing that his words inspired others to get sober truly made him "feel great."
A law enforcement source confirmed to NBC News Oct. 28 that Perry—who played Chandler Bing on Friends from 1994 to 2004—had died and that authorities had been dispatched to the scene for a water rescue. The source added that there was no apparent foul play.
Following the loss, the official Friends Instagram account shared a heartfelt tribute to the actor.
"We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry's passing," the message read. "He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans."
Perry never married but got engaged to producer Molly Hurwitz in 2020, though they split seven months later. He is survived by his family, including his actor dad John Bennett Perry; his mom Suzanne Perry, a journalist and political staffer; and his stepdad Keith Morrison, a correspondent for Dateline NBC.
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