Hollywood Bids Farewell to “Friends” Actor Matthew Perry

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Matthew Perry at "The Circle" film screening at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock (8660370z)

Matthew Perry, whose wit and charm brightened our screens for decades, passed away at the age of 54. The Emmy-nominated actor became a household name while playing Chandler Bing in Friends, and many of his former colleagues and fans bid him farewell on social media.

Perry was found unresponsive by his assistant in his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles on October 28. It’s believed he drowned after being found dead in his hot tub, but the Los Angeles Police Department is yet to release the official cause of the actor’s death.

Perry spent a full decade starring on the iconic sitcom Friends, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow. The show’s co-creators Marta Kauffman, and David Crane, and executive producer Kevin Bright released a joint statement, paying tribute to the late actor.

“We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives… We send all of our love to his family and friends. This truly is The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken,” reads the trio’s statement.

Perry kicked off his career in Hollywood as a child actor, and his filmography also includes TV shows Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Odd Couple, movies The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again, and The Ron Clark Story, and two-time Emmy-nominated guest appearance on The West Wing.