Lauren Graham recently shared that her close friend Matthew Perry was in a good place during the year that led up to his sudden death in October.
While talking to CBS Mornings on Thursday, the Gilmore Girls star said Perry’s 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers, and The Big Terrible Thing was a major accomplishment for him and gave him a sense of peace and happiness that she will never forget.
“This last year, he was so proud of the book he wrote, and of how many people it touched,” she said. “It was a success that gave him a level of happiness that I hadn’t seen in him for a really long time, so that’s a nice memory.”
The memoir details Matthew Perry’s childhood through his rise to massive stardom in Friends. Within the pages, he also wrote about his struggle with substance abuse. At the time of his death, the actor had been sober, but he fought for years before gaining that sobriety. Perry had hoped to dedicate his life to helping others with addiction issues.
Matthew Perry died on Oct. 28, 2023. His body was found in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home. His cause of death has yet to be released. Drugs and alcohol were not found on the scene.
Lauren Graham Still ‘In Shock’ Over Matthew Perry’s Death
Graham and Perry had been close friends for over a decade. Matthew Perry even included stories of their relationship in his memoir.
“No one made me laugh as hard. Just tears, streaming. There was just such joy in being around him and being his friend,” Graham said.
The duo met in the early 2000s and forged a loose friendship that led them to work together in Birds of America. Following the project, the two became famously close. Graham even admitted in her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can, that she and Matthew Perry almost began a romance.
While chatting on the show, Graham shared that she still hasn’t fully digested the loss of Perry because it came so suddenly. However, she did mention again how much joy it gives her to remember how “happy” he was before passing, and noted how that has helped her grieve.
“I am still in shock,” she noted. “I mean, it’s a really tragic loss, and he leaves his beautiful work behind. That’s something to be thankful for. And again, the book really meant something to him, so it was a really happy year for him.”
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