Matthew Perry, beloved ‘Friends’ actor, tragically passes away at the age of 54 due to an apparent drowning incident.

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Busy Bee November 4, 2023
Updated 2023/11/04 at 12:53 PM

Matthew returned home in the morning after playing pickleball for two hours. Shortly afterwards, he sent his assistant on an errand. When the assistant returned two hours later, he discovered Matthew unresponsive and immediately called 911. It is currently unclear if what Matthew was doing before his passing contributed to his death, as the investigation is still ongoing. According to law enforcement sources, Matthew was found at a residence in the Los Angeles area and appeared to have drowned. First responders were called for cardiac arrest, but it is unknown where exactly on the property this occurred. He was discovered in a jacuzzi and no drugs were found at the scene. Foul play is also not suspected.

Perry’s claim to fame is his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the popular ’90s sitcom, which aired for 10 seasons and featured him in all 234 episodes. His character gained a huge following, with fans around the world recreating and spoofing his iconic mannerisms and lines. One notable example is the famous phrase, “Could (blank) BE more …”

Although “Friends” brought him the most recognition, Perry also appeared in numerous other television shows throughout his career. Some of these include “Boys Will Be Boys,” “Growing Pains,” “Silver Spoons,” “Charles in Charge,” “Sydney,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Home Free,” “Ally McBeal,” “The West Wing,” “Scrubs,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Go On,” and “The Odd Couple,” among others.

In addition, Perry has made appearances in several memorable films, primarily in the comedy genre. Some notable examples include “Fools Rush In,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Three to Tango,” “The Kid,” “17 Again,” “Getting In,” and many more. However, he has been less active in recent years, with his last acting role being in a TV miniseries in 2017.

Although Matthew portrayed an affable and upbeat character on screen, he endured immense suffering in his personal life, particularly due to his addiction to drugs and alcohol, specifically painkillers like Vicodin. Despite being hooked on Vicodin for years, even during his time on ‘Friends,’ Matthew bravely shared the struggles he faced in a memoir he published last year, which included his visible weight fluctuations on the show.

During his press tour for his book, Matthew participated in numerous interviews where he became incredibly emotional, notably during his conversation with Diane Sawyer, where he candidly discussed his journey. While Perry seemed to be clean and sober a year ago, the previous year, during the promotion of the “Friends” reunion show, fans became concerned as they noticed moments where he appeared unwell, occasionally slurring his words and exhibiting signs of disorientation.

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