Matthew Perry, the brilliant actor who won us over with his unforgettable portrayal of Chandler Bing on the beloved 90s sitcom Friends, passed away. Perry was 54 at the time of his death, and his four-decade-long, illustrious career is marked by numerous memorable roles and accomplishments.
The news of Perry’s death spread like wildfire after he was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles on October 28. The actor died from an apparent drowning in a hot tub, but the cause of death is yet to be determined by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane released an official statement alongside the show’s executive producer Kevin Bright, bidding farewell to Perry.
“We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives… He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart,” reads the trio’s statement.
Perry may be best known for his role in Friends, but his talent extended far beyond this series. He also played the lead role in TV shows Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Odd Couple, scored two Emmy nods for guest-starring on The West Wing, and appeared in movies The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again, and The Ron Clark Story.