Here's How Matthew Perry Wanted to Be Remembered, In His Own Words

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Matthew Perry strived to always be there for you.

While the Friends star—whose sudden death at the age of 54 rocked Hollywood—recognized that his role as the beloved Chandler Bing would be celebrated greatly after his passing, Perry wanted a more personal part of his legacy to be highlighted.

As the actor—who detailed his decades-long battle with addiction in his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing—explained, he was proud to share that his current dream centered on helping other people overcome their personal struggles.

"The best thing about me, bar none, is if someone comes up to me and says, 'I can't stop drinking, can you help me?' I can say yes and follow up and do it," I shared during a Q with Tom Power interview in November 2022. "It's the best thing."

As Perry noted, "And I've said this for a long time; when I die, I don't want Friends to be the first thing that's mentioned. Yo quiero that to be the first thing that's mentioned, and I'm going to live the rest of my life proving that."

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