“We met forty years ago, and he was by far the funniest friend I ever had,” Azaria wrote. “He was also the person who helped me get sober.”
The actor wrote the piece in response to Perry’s death at the end of October. Perry hoped people would remember him as someone who helped others.
Perry himself had struggled with addiction problems for years, and he took Azaria to his first meeting for people with alcohol addiction in 2005. “I didn’t need to go to rehab, but I knew I had a serious problem. I called Matthew and asked him to take me.” To a meeting.”
“I loved Matthew.”
Berry played the role of Chandler in the popular series friendsAzaria appeared in a number of episodes as scientist David, a friend of the main character Phoebe. When Perry died last month, he had been sober for several years. He opened a clinic to help people with addiction problems. “I loved Matthew. He was very helpful to me in the early stages of my sobriety,” Azaria wrote.
Azaria has a message for people currently kicking addiction. “You will find your Matthew Perry. You will find someone you can laugh with and feel connected to,” Azaria wrote. “You’ll find someone who cares about you more than himself. I think Matthew wants people to know that.”
“Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Freelance organizer. Avid analyst. Friendly troublemaker. Bacon junkie.”