'Friends' star Matthew Perry dead at 54: 'His comedic genius was felt around the world'

Matthew Perry, renowned for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom Friends, passed away at the age of 54 in his Los Angeles residence last Saturday. Warner Bros. Television, the production company behind Friends, expressed their deep sorrow in a statement. The company praised Perry's exceptional acting talent and acknowledged the global influence of his comedic brilliance, assuring that his legacy would endure in the hearts of countless fans.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Perry was found unconscious in his hot tub, apparently having drowned. Authorities arrived at his Pacific Palisades home at 4 p.m., where they discovered him unresponsive. No foul play is suspected, and investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of death. Despite attempts to contact Perry's representatives, there has been no immediate response.
Following Friends, Perry starred in several TV comedies such as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine, Go On, and a reboot of The Odd Couple with Thomas Lennon. He also participated in the Friends reunion special on HBO Max in May 2021. Perry's big-screen roles included movies like The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again, and Fools Rush In.
In 2022, Perry released a memoir titled Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, where he candidly discussed his battles with substance abuse and his complex relationship with fame. He revealed private health struggles, including a life-threatening incident in 2018 due to opioid use, during which his colon burst. Despite the challenges, Perry viewed his experiences as an opportunity to help others.

Upon news of Perry's passing, tributes poured in from his friends and colleagues on social media, including Maggie Wheeler, Paget Brewster, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Meredith Salenger.

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