After actor Matthew Perry died on Saturday at the age of 54, fans began circulating some comments he made during a 2022 interview about how he would most like to be remembered.
Perry was discussing his memoir — “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” — with Tom Power, and he said that he would much rather be remembered for the way he helped the people around him even when he was not able to help himself.
“I want to leave Matthew Perry’s own words here as the way we remember him,” actress Mira Sorvino said in a post to X. “There will never be another like him — he lit up so many hearts in so many ways. Godspeed to Paradise!”
Perry’s interview with Power was one of many that he did to promote his memoir, in which he spoke frankly about the ongoing battle with addiction (the titular “Big Terrible Thing”) that had almost killed him.
“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in life. I’m still working through it personally, but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic or drug addict comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me?’ I will always say, ‘Yes, I know how to do that. I can do that for you, even if I can’t always do it for myself.’ So I do that, whenever I can,” Perry told Power during the interview..
As RTM previously reported:
The family of “Friends” actor Matthew Perry has broken their silence after the actor’s unexpected death on Saturday.
“Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend,” Perry’s family said in their statement to People magazine on Sunday. “You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love,” the family added.
Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, told CNN that they received a call at 4:07 p.m. regarding a potential “water rescue” situation. Upon their arrival, they found Perry to be “unresponsive.”
Suzanne Perry and John Bennett Perry, the late actor’s parents who separated in 1970, were visibly shattered outside his residence. Accompanying Suzanne was Perry’s stepfather and her spouse, Keith Morrison from “Dateline.”
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