Matthew Perry, who was best known for playing Chandler Bing on the beloved television series “Friends,” went suddenly at the age of 54. On Saturday, the Emmy-nominated actor passed away at his Los Angeles home after what looks to have been a drowning incident.
The Los Angeles Times and the celebrity news website TMZ were the first to report on Perry’s terrible death. Both publications relied on unnamed sources to corroborate this sad news.
Requests for statements from additional spokespeople and Perry’s PR department have not been returned. The Associated Press (AP) was notified by LAPD Officer Drake Madison that authorities had been summoned for a “death investigation involving a man in his 50s.”
Matthew Perry dies of drowning
There’s more information coming to light about what transpired before Matthew Perry passed away. He unfortunately passed unexpectedly at home after working out earlier that morning, according to sources that TMZ quoted. These sources revealed that after playing pickleball for two hours, Matthew went home in the morning. Then he dispatched his aide on an errand.
When the assistant came back, which was around two hours later, they discovered Matthew was not responding and immediately called 911.
Since the inquiry is still underway, it is still unknown whether Matthew Perry’s pre-death activities had any bearing on his passing. Law enforcement officials reportedly told TMZ that the actor was found at a home in the Los Angeles region, where it seems he may have drowned.
First responders quickly responded at the scene after receiving a call regarding a cardiac arrest, though it’s unclear exactly where on the property this happened.
Details from TMZ indicate that no narcotics were found on the property when Matthew Perry was found in the hot tub at the home. Furthermore, his death does not appear to have been the result of foul play.
Matthew Perry’s role in ‘Friends’ made him the most iconic actor
During his 10 seasons on “Friends,” Perry became one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. Alongside David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and others, he costarred as the main group of pals in New York City.
LeBlanc and Schwimmer’s Joey and Ross were represented by Perry as a neurotic, snarky, and delightfully insecure roommate. By the end of the program, Chandler had married Monica (Cox) and started a family, which mirrored the general character evolution in which the show’s single New Yorkers transformed into couples that embraced parenthood.
Matthew Perry received one Emmy nomination for his work on “Friends,” and two more nods for his work on “The West Wing,” where he played an associate White House attorney.
In addition to his accomplishments on television, Matthew Perry played important parts in the motion picture industry. He co-starred with Bruce Willis in the crime comedy “The Whole Nine Yards” and made an appearance in the romantic comedy “Fools Rush In” with Salma Hayek.
“Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” Matthew Perry’s book, was published in October 2022 and shot to the top of the bestseller charts on Amazon and The New York Times.
Friends is the most loved television series
Owing to its availability on numerous streaming services, “Friends” has experienced a spike in popularity among younger viewers, cementing its status as one of the most recognizable and cherished sitcoms in TV history.
When it first aired, the TV show ran from 1994 to 2004. There was a lot of anticipation for the James Corden-hosted reunion special in 2021 due to high fan expectations. Nevertheless, the HBO Max reunion special mostly featured the cast members remembering and exchanging memories about the show, rather than carrying on with the stories of their characters.