Matthew Perry, best known for playing Chandler Bing in the hit 90s series FRIENDS has passed away at the age of 54, US media reports.
The actor was found dead at his apartment in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources informed US media.
FRIENDS, which followed the fortune of six young friends living in the city of New York, aired from 1994 until 2004. Its final episode was watched by a whopping 52.5 million in the US, making it the most watched TV episode of the 2000s.
The TMZ and LA Times, which first reported that Perry had died, said the actor was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his house.
As per BBC, the first responders from the LA Fire Department rushed to an address in Pacific Palisade area, regarding a “water emergency” of an unknown type.
Producer of FRIENDS, Warner Bros TV, said, “We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry.”
We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry’s passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans. pic.twitter.com/sAGMLmu5ki
— Warner Bros. TV (@warnerbrostv) October 29, 2023
Perry was born in Massachusetts in 1969, and was raised in Ottawa, Canada, where he attended elementary school with Justin Trudeau, who later went on to become Canadian Prime Minister.
The actor moved to LA as a teenager. He starred in multiple series such as Boys Will Be Boys and Growing Pains, however, he became an international star with his character Chandler Bing on FRIENDS.
The sitcom, starring Jennifer Aniston, David Schumer, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow, became the most successful series of all time.
Perry’s character Chandler Bing was famous for his sarcastic one-liners. It earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2002.
Yes Matty, you will be missed.
On days we open Netflix to watch “something else” and still end up watching friends,
On days we have a bad day and need a friend,
On days we just want to turn back the clock ‘cause we are feeling old
— Ajinkya (@ajinkya_299) October 29, 2023