Matthew Perry’s fans were left outraged after one-time SNL writer Kevin Brennan ‘mocked’ his death in a series of tweets.
The 63-year-old writer, who hosts the ‘Misery Loves Company’ podcast, shared a link to TMZ’s report about the Friends star’s passing and wrote: “DROWNED IN A HOT TUB. HAHAHAHA.”
He then explained that he “didn’t mock it. I just thought it was funny. But I do love it when junkies die.”
When a furious commenter asked Brennan: “Why is drowning in a hot tub funny?” the podcaster responded: “Because it’s not very deep.”
Fans were shocked and outraged by the writer’s remarks, with one person writing: “It’s not at all anything to laugh about!!! You’re gross for thinking otherwise. You realize people can go into cardiac arrest and die in any surrounding, don’t you?
“So you think heart attacks and death are funny? No wonder you’re a low level comedian – you are not funny.”
Another said: “Imagine having to write something negative about someone of significance just to feel relevant.”
A third added: “Jealous you won’t be mourned when your time comes, eh?”
Someone else called the podcaster ‘a really sad sad human being.’
Another user wrote: “Are you that desperate to try and stay relevant? Until the TMZ article no one knew who you were. Millions knew & loved w/o hesitation Matthew.
“His past didn’t change that, and it made him stronger. He passed away with more class, & dignity than you could ever hope to have.”
Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the popular sitcom Friends, had battled alcohol and substance abuse throughout his life but he wanted to help others who were also experiencing a similar situation.
In a 2022 interview on the podcast Q with Tom Power, he said that the ‘paramount thing’ he would want to be remembered for ‘is that he wants to help people’ battling addiction.
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