Matthew Perry, Star of “Friends,” Has Died, Leaving a Void in Comedy and Hearts

Matthew Perry's unexpected passing at 54 has left the entertainment world and fans heartbroken. Celebrated as a comedic genius, his legacy, especially as Chandler Bing in "Friends," continues to impact generations.
October 29, 2023
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Matthew Perry Dead, Leaving a Void in Comedy and Hearts
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Matthew Perry, celebrated for his unparalleled on-screen wit and charm, has left the world in mourning after being found dead at his Los Angeles home. The actor, best known for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the globally popular television showFriends,” was discovered in his hot tub yesterday on a sad Saturday afternoon at the age of 54.

Perry’s sudden departure has left the entertainment industry and fans worldwide in a state of shock and grief. Warner Bros. Television Group, the powerhouse behind “Friends,” paid tribute to Perry, praising him as a “comedic genius.” Their heartfelt statement underscored the deep sense of loss they felt, highlighting his legacy and the love that surrounded him from family, friends and fans.

The studio also highlighted the joy and laughter Perry brought to millions around the world. They reunited the original “Friends” cast for an HBO Max special in 2021, rekindling the magic of the show on its original soundstage.

NBC, the network that brought “Friends” to our screens from 1994 to 2004, joined in mourning Perry’s loss. They praised his impeccable comedic timing and his ability to bring joy to millions around the world. According to the network, Perry’s legacy is one that will transcend generations.
We are incredibly saddened by the too soon passing of Matthew Perry,” the network said in a statement. “He brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world with his pitch perfect comedic timing and wry wit. His legacy will live on through countless generations.

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He was found unresponsive at his home around 4 p.m. Law enforcement officials have not yet determined the cause of death. They have ruled out foul play and confirmed that no drugs were found at the scene.

Perry’s former “Friends” co-stars and industry friends shared their tributes and memories, painting a picture of a man full of talent, kindness and an incredible sense of humor. Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice, his character’s on-and-off girlfriend, expressed her gratitude for the creative moments they shared and noted the joy he brought to so many.

Morgan Fairchild, who played Perry’s TV mom, expressed her shock and heartbreak and sent her condolences to his family, especially his father, John Bennett Perry. Laura Benanti, Perry’s co-star on “Go On,” and Selma Blair, a longtime friend, both took to Instagram to share their memories and praise for the actor.

In a touching tribute, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was Perry’s elementary school classmate, highlighted the joy Perry brought to people around the world and thanked him for all the laughter.

Colleagues from Perry’s past, such as Meredith Salenger and Melissa Rivers, also shared their condolences and memories, with Rivers noting the sadness of losing a high school classmate. Rumer Willis spoke of her time with Perry on the set of “The Whole Nine Yards” and its sequel, noting his kindness and humor.

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer also took a moment to share her grief, sending love to Perry’s family, friends and fans and highlighting his unforgettable contribution to the world of entertainment.

Matthew Perry leaves behind a legacy filled with laughter, unforgettable moments and a charm that captured hearts around the world. His passing marks a somber day in the entertainment industry as we say goodbye to a man whose talent and humor made the world a brighter place.

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