Beloved actor Matthew Perry, renowned for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the iconic television series “Friends,” has passed away at the age of 54. His family confirmed his death and expressed their profound grief over the loss of their cherished son and brother.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at a residence in the Los Angeles area, where Perry was discovered unresponsive. The LAFD reported that an adult male patient was found deceased in a freestanding jacuzzi. A bystander had repositioned the victim to ensure his head was out of the water. Firefighters conducted a medical assessment but sadly determined that Perry had already passed away.
The L.A. County Medical Examiner’s office has designated the case as open, with the cause of death pending further investigation. Initial reports indicated that first responders were called for cardiac arrest, but no illicit drugs were discovered at the scene. TMZ reported that 911 dispatch audio referred to “drowning” as a factor.
Warner Bros., the studio behind “Friends,” released a statement expressing their profound sadness at the news of Matthew Perry’s passing. They described him as an incredibly talented actor and an integral part of their television family. Perry’s comedic brilliance left an enduring mark on the world, and his legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of his devoted fans.
Matthew Perry achieved worldwide recognition through his role as Chandler Bing on the immensely popular TV sitcom “Friends.” The show, which ran from 1994 to 2004, became a cultural phenomenon, and Perry’s portrayal of the sarcastic and endearing character endeared him to audiences around the globe. Alongside his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer, Perry enjoyed the immense success of the series.
Despite his on-screen accomplishments, Perry grappled with personal battles, including addiction, and sought treatment multiple times. In his memoir, he candidly discussed his struggles, including a period when he had no recollection of filming several seasons of “Friends.” Perry subsequently established a men’s sober living facility called Perry House, where he could assist others on their journeys to recovery.
Matthew Perry’s commitment to his sobriety and his advocacy for those battling addiction endeared him to many. He maintained enduring friendships with his “Friends” castmates, and their strong bond was evident during the 2021 HBO Max reunion show.
Matthew Perry’s legacy as an actor and his dedication to helping others navigate the path to recovery will be remembered by his admirers and the entertainment industry as a whole.
“Friends” star Matthew Perry has died at his home at 54 years old, law enforcement sources tell @ABC News. He reflected on the iconic “Friends” fountain scene in an interview with @DianeSawyer back in 2022. https://t.co/YB4Ylugmup pic.twitter.com/mAIoQjUiq5
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 29, 2023
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