Matthew Perry’s memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing has hit No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list following his tragic death on Saturday.
The memoir, written by the actor himself, originally hit shelves Nov. 1, 2022, and details in immense detail his struggles with addiction. He also spent some time reflecting on his acting career and his time on the hit NBC sitcom, Friends.
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Perry had been candid about his substance abuse before releasing the memoir, but over the 250 pages, he revealed just how severe his addiction was. At the height of it, Perry was taking 55 Vicodin pills a day; he was in a coma and had to have dozens of surgeries to repair his exploded colon following opioid misuse; after Friends ended, his co-stars, especially Jennifer Aniston, kept in contact with him, offering to help in any way they could.
In an interview tied to the memoir’s release last year, Perry shared that he began writing after his sponsor suggested he do something creative to channel the “uncomfortable and agitated” feelings he was having at the time. He sat in front of his laptop and, 10 days later, had written a play. He later penned a screenplay that he was hoping to bring to the big screen and direct.
Perry died at 54 over the weekend after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times. Officers were called to the 18000 block of Blue Sail Drive in L.A. at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday for a death investigation of a male in his 50s. The coroner’s office updated its case online on Sunday, noting that the actor’s cause of death had been “deferred,” which often means the autopsy is completed but the examiner needs more time to determine what happened.
In another interview last year to promote Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry spoke about how he wanted to be remembered “as somebody who lived well, loved well, was a seeker” when he died. He added, “And his paramount thing is that he wants to help people. That’s what I want.”
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