The news of Matthew Perry’s untimely death sent shockwaves of grief throughout the entertainment world. The beloved “Friends” star was found lifeless at his Los Angeles-area home in a jacuzzi, where it was believed he drowned. He was only 54 years old.
Perry had been a household name since his early twenties when he stepped into the role of Chandler Bing on the iconic sitcom “Friends.” His portrayal of Chandler made an indelible mark on the world of comedy and television. Perry’s death came as a surprise, as no drugs were found at the scene, and no foul play is suspected.
The creators and executive producer of “Friends,” Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright, expressed their deep sorrow at the loss of their cherished friend. They recalled Perry’s brilliance as an actor and his unique ability to make the character of Chandler Bing truly his own. The trio emphasized the light and intelligence he brought not only to his work but also to his life. Their hearts were broken at the loss of this exceptional talent.
Perry’s family also shared their profound sadness, describing him as a source of joy both as an actor and a friend. They expressed their gratitude for the immense outpouring of love from all those who cherished him.
Many fellow actors and friends shared their tributes. Gwyneth Paltrow reminisced about her time with Perry in the early ’90s and the magical summer they spent together. Valerie Bertinelli, another former romantic interest, posted a touching message on her Instagram. Shannen Doherty, who worked alongside Perry on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” shared her memories of their close-knit friendship. Mira Sorvino, Octavia Spencer, Selma Blair, and many others expressed their grief and sent their well-wishes.
Timothy Busfield, who acted with Perry and directed him in “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” remembered Perry’s incredible wit and mourned the loss of a “good, good man.”
Perry’s legacy as an actor with impeccable comedic timing and wit will continue to bring joy to generations. His battle with addiction and subsequent sobriety struggles have been part of his story, and his candidness about these challenges has resonated with many. Perry’s journey, culminating in his memoir “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” serves as a testament to his strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Perry had been sober since early 2021.
His tragic passing left a void in the entertainment industry and in the hearts of fans worldwide, and his memory will endure through his remarkable work and the lives he touched.