Matthew Perry’s stepfather’s message one month after Friends star’s shock death: ‘He would have been grateful’

Matthew Perry’s stepfather’s message one month after Friends star’s shock death: ‘He would have been grateful’

Matthew Perry’s stepfather Keith Morrison has released a message a month after the Friends star’s shock death.

Morrison, 76, shared a tweet with followers encouraging them to donate to the Matthew Perry Foundation, honouring Perry’s legacy in trying to help others suffering from addiction.

“This is not the sort of thing I commonly do, this pitch. But this year is different. And tomorrow is Giving Tuesday,” broadcast journalist Morrison wrote in his post shared on X.

“Do what you can; he would have been grateful.”

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Perry’s family also told ET this week: “It is important to us as a family to honour Matthew’s legacy.”

“The potential that the Matthew Perry Foundation has to help those suffering with this disease is something we are proud to bring to the world.”

Perry’s co-star Jennifer Aniston also shared a call out to fans for the Matthew Perry Foundation on her Instagram story.

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“For giving Tuesday please join Matty’s family in supporting his foundation – which is working to help those suffering from addiction.”

She added: “He would have been grateful for the love.”

The foundation officially launched on November 3, just days after his shock death on October 28 at his home in Los Angeles.

The actor died after an apparent drowning in the jacuzzi of his LA home.

The Friends cast previously released a joint statement shortly after Perry’s death, saying they were “utterly devastated” over the news. They soon shared respective Instagram tributes to the late star.

“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” they said in the statement to People magazine.

“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.”

“For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”

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In his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, which was released in October 2022, he provided an unflinching account of the time before he was on the hit ’90s sitcom and beyond, delving deep into his battle with addiction and the cost of fame.

In 2019, at the age of 49, Perry nearly died after his colon burst from opioid overuse. He was in a coma for two weeks and spent five months in the hospital.

In January 2022, Perry had his 14th surgery to do with opiate abuse.

He said he believed he hadn’t slept more than four hours a night in his whole life, and was full of regret about his past relationships.

”This is the life of someone who’s been blessed with the big terrible thing,” Perry wrote in his book.

If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone confidentially about addiction, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit Reach Out.

In an emergency, call 000.