‘FRIENDS’ STAR MATTHEW PERRY DEAD AT 54 …

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Devastating news. Matthew Perry has reportedly died. The “Friends” actor was 54.

Matthew Perry, the well-known actor who played Chandler Bing in the popular TV series Friends, was discovered deceased on Saturday in a hot tub at his residence in Los Angeles, as stated by law enforcement officials.

The LA Fire Department spokesperson said that emergency personnel reached Perry’s residence around 4 p.m. due to a water-related issue. They did not disclose the actor’s name. Unfortunately, Perry was found unresponsive when they arrived. Officials confirmed that there were no drugs present. Currently, foul play is not suspected.

The actor’s representative has not made any statements about the unfortunate event.

The inquiry into Perry’s death is still in progress and the reason for his passing is still a mystery. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office will reveal the cause of death at a later time.

Warner Bros. Television Group expressed deep sadness over the loss of Matthew Perry, a talented actor from “Friends.” They described him as a gifted actor and a beloved member of their family. His comedic talent touched people globally, and his memory will always be cherished. They extended their condolences to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.

NBC expressed deep sadness over the untimely death of Matthew Perry. In their statement to The Times, NBC, which aired the series for all 10 seasons, mentioned how Perry brought immense joy to millions of people worldwide with his impeccable comedic timing and clever humor. They believe that his legacy will continue to inspire future generations.

On Saturday evening, the LAPD used yellow-and-black crime scene tape to block off the entrance to Blue Sail Drive. This street is located near the Pacific Coast Highway, on top of a hill that offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Around 7 p.m., several helicopters were buzzing above when Perry’s mother, Suzanne, and her husband, broadcaster Keith Morrison, arrived at the scene with journalists and LAPD officers. Morrison chose not to provide any comments. A LAPD officer present mentioned that he had no information and was unsure when any updates would be available.

Peter, a neighbor of Perry’s on Bluesail Drive, who chose not to disclose his last name on Saturday evening, mentioned that he had a brief conversation with the actor for five minutes. According to Peter, Perry was friendly and a genuinely nice person.

Peter expressed his surprise while waiting for LAPD approval to enter the house that had been blocked off to journalists. He mentioned that the homeowner had been renovating the house for a long time and appeared to be doing well, making the situation very tragic.

Leo, a neighbor who chose not to disclose his full name, mentioned that he was at home when an ambulance came to Perry’s house on Saturday afternoon. He did not reveal whether paramedics attempted to revive Perry or if a body was taken away from the property.

He expressed his shock, mentioning how disturbing and sad it was after all this time.

Leo stated that Perry was his preferred actor and the most humorous member of the “Friends” ensemble.

Leo mentioned that he met him once and he was extremely friendly, even more than Leo expected. Leo also expressed that it is truly a tragedy, especially considering his young age. Leo felt deeply saddened to witness what occurred.

Perry’s stepfather, Canadian broadcaster Keith Morrison, crosses under the police tape near Perry’s house in Los Angeles Saturday night.
 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Perry, born in 1969, is the son of actor John Bennett Perry and Suzanne Marie Langford. His parents separated when he was 1, and he grew up between Montreal and Los Angeles.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, he began his acting career as a child actor. He appeared in shows like “Charles in Charge” and “Beverly Hills 90210” as a guest star. He also acted alongside River Phoenix in the movie “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.”

However, his major opportunity arose when he was chosen for a role in the sitcom “Friends” – initially named “Friends Like Us”. This show depicted the lives of six unmarried individuals in New York City as they faced the challenges of adulthood. It first aired on NBC in 1994.

The show quickly became a powerhouse, the main attraction of the network’s highly regarded Thursday-night lineup called “Must-See TV.” This sudden success catapulted Perry and his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer into overnight superstars. During its peak, which included a 1996 Super Bowl episode and the 2004 series finale, the show attracted over 50 million viewers. By the end of the series, the cast members were earning over $1 million per episode.

Playing Chandler Bing, the witty roommate of Joey Tribbiani and later, Monica Geller’s love interest, Perry stood out in a talented cast. His sarcastic humor and unique delivery made him memorable, especially with his famous catchphrase: “Could he be any more Chandler?”

He quickly became associated with famous actors like Julia Roberts and started appearing in well-known movies like the 1997 romantic comedy “Fools Rush In” alongside Salma Hayek, as well as the 2000 mob comedy “The Whole Nine Yards” with Bruce Willis.

One of television’s most beloved comedians had a dark side to his life. In his memoir titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” published in 2022, Perry shared his lifelong battle with alcohol and opioid addiction. He revealed that he had his first drink at the age of 14, but only realized he was an alcoholic at 21. Since then, he has spent over $7 million on various attempts to overcome his addiction, including multiple stays in rehabilitation centers. His substance abuse caused severe health problems, such as a five-month hospitalization in 2018 due to a colon rupture. Perry mentioned that he had a mere 2% chance of surviving through the night.

He admitted during a 2021 “Friends” reunion special that it was driven by the need to deliver the joke in front of a live studio audience every night.

The cast of “Friends,” clockwise from bottom left: Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green.
 (NBC / NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Perry expressed his strong desire for fame during an interview with The Times in April. He discussed his work, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” at the Festival of Books. At the age of 25, during the second year of “Friends,” Perry realized that fame was not the answer to his happiness or the solution to the emptiness in his life. He craved attention but soon discovered that fame was not what he had expected. It turned out to be a deceptive illusion.

Perry’s friends and colleagues, including Selma Blair, Paget Brewster, Morgan Fairchild, and Mira Sorvino, honored and cherished his unique comedic talent and gentle nature during a memorial on Saturday.

Maggie Wheeler, Perry’s co-star from “Friends” and the actress who portrayed Janice, his on-and-off girlfriend on the popular show, expressed her heartfelt admiration on Instagram.

Mathew Perry, we will miss you greatly. The happiness you brought to countless lives during your brief time on Earth will always be remembered. I am truly grateful for every special moment we had together.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is the son of Pierre and one of Perry’s childhood friends, also paid tribute to him.

Trudeau expressed his shock and sadness over Matthew Perry’s death. He fondly remembered the games they played in the schoolyard and acknowledged the lasting joy Perry brought to people worldwide. Trudeau thanked Perry for the laughter and assured him that he was loved and would be deeply missed.

Perry, who got sober in 2001, believed he had relapsed around “60 or 70 times.” Despite this, he continued to appear on American television. He played important roles in the backstage dramedy “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and the therapy sitcom “Go On.” Additionally, he made frequent guest appearances on well-regarded shows like “The West Wing” and “The Good Wife.”

After his close brush with death in 2018, Perry discovered comfort in the company of friends, regular pickleball matches, and most importantly, writing. While creating his book “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” compelled him to revisit his darkest times, it also allowed him to empathize with “all those who are going through similar struggles”: “I had a tale to share, a tale that could genuinely make a difference in people’s lives,” he expressed. “And aiding others had become my ultimate purpose.”

Despite his achievements as an actor and a bestselling memoirist, Perry revealed to The Times in April that his work did not hold the primary position in his desired legacy.

When asked how he wanted to be remembered, he replied that he wanted to be known as someone who enjoyed life, loved deeply, lived fully, and made a positive impact on others. He hoped that encountering him would be seen as a positive experience, not a negative one.

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