Bar apologises for creating a cocktail named after Matthew Perry following his death
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An Australian bar has issued an apology over its insensitive Matthew Perry tribute.
The Unley in Parkside, Adelaide has caused quite the stir after naming an $18 cocktail after the late actor’s character in Friends.
The cocktail of the month, dubbed The Chandler Bing, included Southern Comfort, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, fresh lime, and sugar.
According to news.com.au, the rooftop bar advertised the beverage in an Instagram post, which has now been deleted, with a caption that read: “A tribute to our sarcastic king. We present to you, The Chandler Bing.”
However, many were quick to slam the tribute, noting that Perry struggled with alcoholism himself.
“This feels so wrong considering he battled alcoholism,” one person said.
Another asked: "You know he was an alcoholic, don’t you?”
While a third commented: “Anyone who’s seen his interviews and read his book would know that Friends was actually not what he wanted to be remembered for, his words, not mine.”
“The cocktail was intended as a tribute to a beloved actor and icon; however, we recognise that this was an error in judgment and have removed the cocktail,” a spokesman for the bar said.
“We are deeply regretful of any hurt that this has caused.”
LADbible has also approached The Unley for comment.
In the actor’s memoir, released in November last year, Perry detailed his battle with addiction and revealed he spent over $9 million on his sobriety journey.
Perry recalled how he began drinking at the age of 14 and became hooked on painkillers after a jet ski accident.
In one particular bombshell revelation, the actor explained he had a gastrointestinal perforation when his colon burst from opioid overuse.
As a result, Perry was forced to use a colostomy bag for nine months and had 14 surgeries on his stomach.
TMZ reported the actor was found dead in his Los Angeles home over the weekend (October 28).
The actor was reportedly discovered in his hot tub around 4pm.
Police officials said there were no drugs found at the scene, and no foul play has been suspected.
His official cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Perry’s death is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's robbery-homicide detectives.