Actor Matthew Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular sitcom Friends, has sadly passed away at the age of 54.
According to a statement released by People, Perry lost his life to an apparent drowning in his Los Angeles home on Saturday. Perry was found dead in jacuzzi, and no drugs were found on the scene.
According to TMZ, no foul play was involved and first responders were called to Perry’s home for an apparent cardiac arrest.
The LA Times published an article stating that the Los Angeles Police Department’s robbery-homicide detectives would be investigating the death, and the cause of death would be determined at a later date by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Perry, who played Chandler Bing in Friends, released his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing in November 2022, detailing his rise to fame on the popular sitcom, his battle with addiction to opioid painkillers, an intense medical journey after rupturing his colon due to this addiction, and his journey towards sobriety.
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A statement from Warner Bros. reads:
“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family,”
“The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”
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A statement from the official X (Twitter) account of the Friends sitcom reads:
“We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry’s passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans.”
We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry’s passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans. pic.twitter.com/Xv6HkpSEBl
— FRIENDS (@FriendsTV) October 29, 2023
Fans of the late actor took to X to mourn his death:
watching friends for the first time and falling in love with chandler bing is something i will forever hold dearly. one of the best characters on television, and one of the best actors to play it. im beyond distraught. matthew perry was too young. this is heartbreaking pic.twitter.com/S1AAdEzswl
— carlos (@svlmonskinrolls) October 29, 2023
Such terribly sad news to wake up to hearing about Matthew Perry. Even 20 years after Friends has finished he’s still making millions of people laugh as Chandler. pic.twitter.com/5m9ujJZMmv
— Michael Lavelle (@mikelavelle93) October 29, 2023
Goodnight Matthew Perry, you lit up lots of faces while you were here.
— all of the good things (@Dnova_e) October 29, 2023
I don’t think I’ve ever cried so instantly and automatically over a celebrity dying as I did today when I heard about Matthew Perry. Goodbye, Chandler Bing
— Kali (@Bcdyslay) October 29, 2023
This is very sad news. He was such an amazing talent. Rest in Peace Matthew Perry pic.twitter.com/qu6gqIqU4J
— Tara Deshpande (@Tara_Deshpande) October 29, 2023
Vacant seat but it’s full of memories. RIP Matthew Perry pic.twitter.com/FNSisUGsV0
— Srikanth (@srikanth__y) October 29, 2023
Rest in Paradise, Matthew Perry
Thank you for everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bCyywFuw8q
— Abhinav (@AbhinavAbhi__17) October 29, 2023
Feature Image: X / @matthewperry