Matthew Perry's family launches foundation to extend his legacy

    In anticipation of Giving Tuesday, the family of the 'Friends' star shares their aspiration to support those battling addiction through the late star's foundation.

    Mathew Perry (Source: FOX)

    Mathew Perry (Source: FOX)

    The Matthew Perry Foundation, initiated on Nov. 3, is on a mission to "recognize addiction as a disease, challenge the intricate stigmas hindering individuals from seeking and obtaining care, and ardently advocate for improved and fairer treatment."

    As Giving Tuesday approaches, Perry's family reveals to PEOPLE that the foundation stands as a vital tribute to the late actor. Perry, who candidly shared his personal battle with addiction, passed away at the age of 54 on Oct. 28. The family expresses hope that others may join them in supporting this meaningful cause.

    Mathew Perry (Source: IMDB)

    Fulfilling a Vision

    Prior to his untimely passing, the adored Friends star, who confronted alcohol and drug addiction for numerous years, had intentions to create a foundation to assist those grappling with substance abuse. Following his demise, Perry's close ones transformed that aspiration into reality as a tribute to him. The foundation's website now showcases a black-and-white image of the late actor accompanied by an uplifting quote expressing his commitment to aiding others.

    "In my passing, I'd prefer not to be remembered primarily for 'Friends'; I'd rather be recognized for making a difference in the lives of others. I am committed to spending the remainder of my life substantiating that commitment," a statement shared during his November 2022 interview on the Q With Tom Power podcast.

    Personal Revelations

    Perry candidlay shahred his personal battle with addiction. In a 2013 cover story with People, Perry revealed the challenges he faceds with alcohol and Vicodin, the latter prescribed after a 1997 jet ski accident. "I had a significant problem with alcohol and pills, and I couldn't break free," he confessed. "Eventually, the situation escalated to a point where I could no longer conceal it, and then everyone became aware."

    Mathew Perry (Source: X)

    In 2015, Perry received recognition for his advocacy from the treatment center Phoenix House. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, he emphasized, “You can't have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it be solved in 28 days.”

    Leading up to the launch of his memoir "Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing" last year, Perry delved even deeper into his personal challenges, disclosing that, at 49, he came close to death due to the intensifying grip of his drug addiction.

    The establishment of the Matthew Perry Foundation, dedicated to addressing addiction and reducing stigmas surrounding it, is a testament to his enduring commitment to helping others. Perry's journey, from candidly sharing his struggles to posthumously inspiring positive change, leaves an indelible mark on the narrative surrounding addiction.