The opening line of Matthew Perry’s memoir has taken on a poignant and heartbreaking significance following the untimely death of the Friends star, evoking emotions from devoted fans who are reflecting on its meaning in light of his apparent drowning.
Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the beloved sitcom, was tragically found deceased at his Los Angeles home, reportedly having drowned in his hot tub on Saturday, October 28. His passing prompted an outpouring of tributes worldwide, celebrating his portrayal of the sarcastic yet endearing Chandler, a character cherished by many within the immensely popular series.
Although Friends marked Perry’s most recognised success, the actor himself desired to be remembered for his assistance in aiding others to conquer alcohol addiction. He openly addressed his personal struggles with addiction throughout the years, delving into his candid revelations in his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.”
The memoir commences with a haunting opening: “Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.” The introspective journey continues: “If you like, you can consider what you’re about to read to be a message from the beyond, my beyond.”
In a heartfelt tribute, fans have shared this excerpt across social media, honouring the memory of the actor and re-reading the memoir as a gesture of homage to Perry.
Perry’s memoir vividly details how his battle with addiction intensified under the immense spotlight of fame that followed his meteoric rise to international stardom at the young age of 24, portraying Chandler.
Acknowledging the drastic effects of his addiction, Perry highlighted in the memoir that audiences could discern his struggles with substance use during specific seasons of the show based on his appearance.
His struggles with substance abuse persisted even after Friends concluded, with Perry recounting the grave brush with death he faced at 49, along with another harrowing incident where his heart stopped for five minutes a few years later.
After undergoing multiple rehabilitation stays and therapy sessions totaling 15, Perry expressed progress in his recovery by June 2022, affirming that he was in a “pretty healthy” state. He aimed to utilize his public knowledge of substance abuse issues to champion addiction recovery, utilizing his platform as a spokesperson, including an impactful interview he conducted with People in 2013.