Matthew Perry, the beloved actor known for his role as the sarcastic Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom Friends, has passed away at the age of 54.
Perry was found dead in an apparent drowning at his home in Los Angeles. Friends co-stars and other celebrities have paid tribute to the talented actor, mourning his untimely death.
One of Perry’s former colleagues, Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Janice on Friends, expressed her gratitude for the joy he brought to so many people. She wrote on Instagram, “I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared. His legacy will live on.”
Another co-star, Morgan Fairchild, who portrayed Chandler’s mother Nora Bing, expressed her heartbreak at the loss of such a brilliant young actor. She described Perry as a “kind, funny man” and expressed her shock at his untimely passing.
Even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who knew Perry from their childhood days, shared his grief at the loss. Perry’s mother worked as an aide to Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, during their time in office. Trudeau described Perry’s death as shocking and saddening, and reminisced about the schoolyard games they used to play. He thanked Perry for all the laughs and expressed that he will be deeply missed.
Other celebrities, such as Wendell Pierce, Selma Blair, Mira Sorvino, Paget Brewster, Meredith Salenger, George Takei, Tom Green, and Piers Morgan, also shared their condolences and shared their personal memories of Perry. They highlighted his talents, his kindness, and the impact he had on their lives.
Warner Bros Television Group, the production company behind Friends, released a statement expressing their devastation at Perry’s passing. They recognized him as an incredibly gifted actor and an integral part of their television family. They acknowledged the global impact of his comedic genius and assured that his legacy will live on in the hearts of many.
NBC, the network that aired Friends, praised Perry for bringing joy to millions of people around the world with his comedic timing and wit. They stated that his legacy will continue to live on through countless generations.
Finally, the official Friends account on X (formerly known as Twitter) shared their deep sadness over Perry’s passing. They described him as a true gift to everyone and sent their love to his family, loved ones, and fans.
Matthew Perry’s death is a tragic loss, leaving an immense void in the entertainment industry. His talent, wit, and comedic genius will always be remembered, and his impact will continue to resonate with fans for years to come.
Friends is an American television sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six friends in their 20s and early 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. The original executive producers were Kevin S. Bright, Kauffman, and Crane.
Kauffman and Crane began developing Friends under the working title Insomnia Cafe between November and December 1993. They presented the idea to Bright, and together they pitched a seven-page treatment of the show to NBC. After several script rewrites and changes, including title changes to Six of One and Friends Like Us, the series was finally named Friends. Filming took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions and Warner Bros. Television.