Matthew Perry Foundation set up as late Friends star is laid to rest during private funeral

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4 Nov 2023, 10:29

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A new foundation has been set up to honour the legacy of Friends star Matthew Perry to help “others struggling with the disease of addiction.”

The Chandler Bing star passed away aged 54 last weekend (28th October) after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles. 

Perry was very open about his struggles with substance abuse and addiction throughout his career, frequently speaking about his own experiences. 

Now, those closest to the actor have opened up a new foundation to help others going through similar situations, in the hopes of honouring his memory. 

The Matthew Perry Foundation website opens with the much-shared comment Perry made, in which he said: “When I die, I don't want 'Friends' to be the first thing that's mentioned – I want helping others to be the first thing that's mentioned. And I'm going to live the rest of my life proving that.

“Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone. But together, one day at a time, we can beat it down.”

The mission statement for the foundation then reads: “The Matthew Perry Foundation is the realization of Matthew's enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction. It will honor his legacy and be guided by his own words and experiences and driven by his passion for making a difference in as many lives as possible.”

News of the new foundation comes as Perry was laid to rest by his friends and family at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills. 

According to TMZ, all five of Perry’s Friends co-stars were in attendance, with Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow joining a small group of those closest to the star. 

Perry and his co-stars made up the main cast of the beloved US sitcom, which ran for 236 episodes over ten seasons from 1994 to 2004. 

In a joint statement released days after his passing, Aniston (who played Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) described Perry’s death as an "unfathomable loss".

They said: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew." 

“We were more than just castmates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we're going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. In time we will say more, as and when we are able.”

They continued: “For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."