Beloved “Friends” star Matthew Perry was discovered lifeless in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence on Saturday. He was 54 years old.
Authorities rushed to his home around 4 p.m., where Perry was found unresponsive. The cause of death remains unknown, with toxicology reports pending. While no drugs were found at the scene, prescription medications were recovered. Los Angeles Police Capt. Scot Williams stated that foul play is not suspected, and the official cause of death awaits further testing from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Perry’s sudden passing has sent shockwaves through Hollywood. Warner Bros. Television Group, the producer of “Friends,” expressed their devastation, praising Perry as an exceptionally talented actor whose comedic brilliance touched hearts globally. NBC, the network that aired “Friends” for all its 10 seasons, lauded Perry’s impeccable comedic timing and wit, acknowledging the joy he brought to millions worldwide.
Neighbors and friends, like Peter and Leo, expressed their shock and sadness, reminiscing about their encounters with the friendly and pleasant actor. Perry, born to actor John Bennett Perry and Suzanne Marie Langford, began his acting journey as a child star, eventually landing iconic roles like Chandler Bing in “Friends,” a character etched into television history.
Despite his on-screen success, Perry battled with addiction throughout his life. In his 2022 memoir, he candidly shared his struggles, detailing his journey to sobriety and the challenges fame presented. Despite numerous setbacks, Perry remained resilient, finding solace in his writing and using his experiences to help others.
As the world mourns the loss of this extraordinary talent, Matthew Perry will be remembered not just for his on-screen achievements, but also for his kindness, resilience, and the joy he brought to countless lives.