Here’s The Touching Way That Jennifer Aniston Is Honoring Her Late “Friends” Costar, Matthew Perry

Matthew previously revealed that out of the Friends cast, Jennifer was the one who reached out to him “the most” about his alcohol and substance misuse.

Warning: This article discusses alcohol and drug addiction.

Jennifer Aniston is honoring her late Friends costar Matthew Perry’s memory.

Close-up of a younger Jennifer and Matthew sitting together

Matthew, who played Chandler Bing in the hit NBC series, died suddenly last month in an apparent drowning. He was found “unresponsive” in a hot tub at his home, according to the Los Angeles Times, which cited law enforcement sources.

Close-up of Matthew onstage in a suit and tie in front of a mic

Prior to his death, Matthew had been very open about his struggles with substance and alcohol addiction, which surfaced around the time he was cast in Friends at age 24. He opened up in detail in his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, and throughout several televised appearances around this time.

Close-up of Matthew at a media event

Matthew revealed that he was taking 55 Vicodin pills a day, as well as Xanax, methadone, and a quart of vodka. This led to serious medical complications, with the actor falling into a coma in 2018 when his colon exploded because of drug use.

Close-up of Matthew waving at a media event

During one harrowing interview, Matthew revealed that his addiction left him unable to watch Friends later in life — because he could identify the exact substances he’d taken from season to season.

Close-up of Matthew

“I didn’t watch the show, and haven’t watched the show, because I could go, 'Drinking, opiates, drinking, cocaine.' I could tell season by season by how I looked. That’s why I don’t wanna watch it, because that’s what I see,” said Matthew, who ended up spending an estimated $9 million in his journey to sobriety.

Close-up of a young Matthew

By the time Matthew’s memoir was released, he’d been sober for 18 months. And over the years, he not only used his celebrity to raise awareness about addiction by openly discussing it, in a bid to eradicate the stigma, but he also dedicated his time and money to setting up resources for those struggling.

Close-up of Matthew  in a suit and tie at a media event

Now his former costar Jennifer is honoring Matthew’s memory by encouraging her fans to donate to a nonprofit organization in his name.

Close-up of a smiling Matthew  in a suit and tie with Jennifer

Jennifer — who shared a touching tribute to her “little brother” Matthew after the news of his death broke — posted an Instagram story this week asking her followers to donate to the Matthew Perry Foundation, which is a charity “guided by” Matthew’s “own words” and “driven by his passion” to help people struggling with addiction.

Close-up of Jennifer in a sparkly, beaded outfit at a media event

She wrote, “For #GivingTuesday please join me and Matty’s family in supporting his foundation – which is working to help those suffering with addiction.”

Screenshot of her IG story

“He would have been grateful for the love,” she added while sharing a link to the foundation’s website.

Close-up of Jennifer and Matthew on the red carpet

Matthew, who wanted to be remembered after his death for his advocacy work, previously opened up about how close he and Jennifer were, revealing last year that she confronted him about his alcohol misuse and checked in on him “the most” out of all the Friends cast members.

Close-up of Jennifer and Matthew

“She was the one that reached out the most. You know, I'm really grateful to her for that,” he told Diane Sawyer.

Close-up of Jennifer and Matthew sitting together and smiling

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and find more resources here.

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