It was work the Fools Rush In also prioritized in his lifetime, including his creation of the Perry House in Malibu, a sober-living facility for men. Because he hoped helping people would be his ultimate legacy.
“That’s what I want,” Matthew said on the Q with Tom Power podcast in 2022. “The best thing about me, bar none, is that if an alcoholic or drug addict comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me?’ I can say yes and follow up and do it.”
And help he did. Amid the many messages of love shared about Matthew since his death, there were also those who shared the gratitude for the actor.
One such post was from former NFL player Ryan Leaf, who shared a moving video speaking to how Matthew helped him in his sobriety journey.
Ryan captioned his Nov. 1 video, “I’ve waited to speak about this. It’s hard to. When there are those who actually have had a hand in saving your life what can you really say…Thank you Matt, my family thanks you, and I hope you now have found that peace! #soberlife“
To see how more of Matthew’s friends, former costars and loved ones have honored the late actor since his passing, keep reading.