The entertainment industry and the world at large are grappling with the heart-wrenching news of Matthew Perry’s untimely death at the age of 54. The beloved actor, best known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing in the hit TV series ‘Friends,’ passed away from an apparent drowning. In the wake of this tragic loss, Hollywood celebrities, former co-stars, and friends have come together to pay their respects and share fond memories of the five-time Emmy nominee.
Morgan Fairchild, who played Perry’s on-screen mother in ‘Friends,’ expressed her deep sorrow on X (formerly Twitter): “I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my ‘son,’ Matthew Perry. The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. I’m sending love & condolences to his friends & family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Flamingo Road & Falcon Crest. #RIPMatthew.”
Rumer Willis, whose father Bruce Willis starred alongside Perry in ‘The Whole Nine Yards,’ shared a touching tribute on her Instagram Story, reminiscing about the kindness and humor Perry brought to the set during her childhood. She wrote, “I’m so sad to hear about Matthew Perry passing,” and reflected on the joy he brought to people through his comedy.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was a school classmate of Perry’s in Ottawa, took to X to express his grief: “Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening. I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them. Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed.”
Timothy Busfield, Perry’s co-star and director in ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,’ shared an exclusive statement with PEOPLE, remembering Perry as a good, kind, and funny soul whose wit could make anyone crumble with laughter. Busfield also recalled a humorous story Perry shared about himself, reflecting the actor’s self-deprecating humor.
Olivia Munn, in an Instagram Story post, acknowledged Perry’s struggles with addiction and praised his bravery in being open and honest about it. She expressed her condolences to his family and friends, calling the news “nothing short of heartbreaking.”
Shannen Doherty, Perry’s former co-star when he appeared on ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ in 1991, fondly recollected their shared history and the strong bond they had. Doherty remembered their adventures and laughter together and a memorable Valentine’s Day date they once had. She concluded her message with a heartfelt tribute, acknowledging the prevailing shock and sadness.
Alyssa Milano, on her Instagram, reminisced about the laughter Perry brought through their shared experiences, highlighting his kindness and unique sense of humor. She expressed her condolences to those who loved him.
Valerie Bertinelli, Perry’s on-screen sibling in the 1990 CBS sitcom ‘Sydney,’ paid her respects with a heartfelt message on her Instagram Story: “Rest in peace, sweet man.”
Numerous other friends and colleagues, including Wendell Pierce, George Takei, Laura Benanti, Mira Sorvino, Meredith Salenger, Tom Green, Nancy Sinatra, Josh Charles, Selma Blair, and Josh Gad, have shared their condolences and tributes for Matthew Perry. They remembered his humor, kindness, and the lasting impact he made both on and off the screen.
Perry, best known for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on ‘Friends,’ was found dead at his Los Angeles-area home, with reports suggesting no foul play was involved. The world will forever cherish his contributions to the world of entertainment, and the outpouring of love and support from friends, colleagues, and fans serves as a testament to the profound impact he had on those who knew him and those who enjoyed his work.