The passing of Matthew Perry on October 28 at the age of 54 has left a profound impact, with many expressing their condolences. Initially reported as a tragic hot tub drowning, authorities later confirmed no foul play or drug involvement. An autopsy has been conducted, but the official cause of death may take some time to determine.
Perry’s sudden departure sent shockwaves through social media, prompting heartfelt tributes. The creators of “Friends,” Marta Kauffman and David Crane, expressed their deep sorrow, highlighting Perry’s exceptional talent and the unique mark he left on his iconic role.
Yet, amidst the tributes, former “Saturday Night Live” writer Kevin Brennan’s comments about Perry’s struggles with addiction have caused considerable backlash. Perry openly battled alcohol and drug addiction for three decades, even during his time on the hit show. He ultimately triumphed over his demons, becoming an advocate for others facing similar challenges.
However, Brennan’s remarks, shared on social media, were insensitive and garnered strong criticism. He appeared unphased by the backlash and continued to make controversial statements, even going so far as to seemingly revel in the attention.
Despite Brennan’s divisive comments, the broader community, including “SNL,” took a different approach. The show paid tribute to Perry on the night of his passing, reflecting the widespread love and respect he garnered throughout his career. Cast members Maggie Wheeler and Paget Brewster shared touching tributes, emphasizing the profound impact Perry had on those he worked with.
In the face of Brennan’s insensitivity, it’s clear that the outpouring of affection for Matthew Perry far outweighed any divisive remarks made by the former “SNL” writer.