Matthew Perry’s passing on October 28, as reported by TMZ, left fans and the entertainment world in mourning. At 54 years old, the beloved “Friends” star was found unresponsive in a Los Angeles home, with reports indicating he was discovered in a jacuzzi. Following this tragic event, heartfelt tributes have poured in, and those closest to him have shared their condolences.
The Perry family, deeply affected by this loss, released a statement through People magazine, expressing their profound grief. “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother,” they conveyed. “Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend.” They also acknowledged the significance of his fans, saying, “You all meant so much to him, and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”
Matthew Perry is survived by his father John Bennett Perry, mother Suzanne Morrison, and stepfather Keith Morrison. Despite the separation of John and Suzanne less than a year after Matthew’s birth, they united in their unwavering support for their son. This unity was evident during Matthew’s difficult time in 2018 when he was hospitalized for a burst colon. He recalled the moment, emphasizing how touching it was to have both of his parents by his side.
In a poignant Instagram post shortly before his passing, Matthew shared a heartwarming photo of himself and his father, John Bennett Perry. The image captured a moment of shared happiness, with both father and son holding beverages, radiating warmth and affection.
Matthew Perry’s relationship with his parents has seen its share of challenges and triumphs. His memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and The Big Terrible Thing,” revealed a poignant early chapter in his life when his father, John Bennett Perry, left him as a baby. Despite this, a bond between them developed later in life, and Matthew referred to his father as his “hero.” He candidly shared that he saw more of his father on screen than in person, highlighting the complexities of their relationship.
Another revelation from the memoir was that his parents administered a drug called phenobarbital to help him sleep as an infant. Matthew recounted this with a mix of humor and understanding, explaining how the drug induced sleepiness and led to laughter from his father. Despite this unusual approach, Matthew emphasized that he didn’t blame his parents for their decision, which was supported by a doctor at the time.
John Bennett Perry, an accomplished actor in his own right, had the opportunity to share the screen with his son. He made a memorable appearance in an episode of “Friends” as Mr. Burgin, Rachel Green’s then-boyfriend’s father. The episode, titled “The One With Rachel’s New Dress,” showcased John’s wit and charm, leaving the audience in stitches. This on-screen collaboration wasn’t a one-time occurrence, as they also co-starred in the film “Fools Rush In” in 1997. Matthew has even expressed his fondness for this particular project, considering it one of his best films.
Before Matthew Perry rose to fame, his father played a pivotal role in introducing him to the world of acting. Long before Matthew’s iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing in “Friends,” he had a brief role in the series “240-Robert,” where John was a prominent cast member from 1979 to 1981.
Through the highs and lows, the Perry family’s bond remained steadfast, showcasing the enduring love and support that defined their relationship with Matthew.