Matthew Perry’s untimely passing on October 28, 2023, brought to light two words that now carry profound weight in describing the actor. TMZ reported that Perry was found unresponsive in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home by his assistant. While the exact cause of death has yet to be determined, Captain Scot Williams from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division stated that foul play is not suspected.
Though Matthew Perry appeared in numerous film and television projects over the years, it was his role as the witty and quick-witted Chandler Bing in the beloved sitcom “Friends” that made him an indelible figure in television and pop culture. Perry once acknowledged that his fellow “Friends” cast members, in particular, supported him during his struggles with substance abuse, and in a way, the show played a role in his recovery.
In his final interview on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” in December 2022, Perry discussed his memoir, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” released just weeks prior. He emphasized that sharing his story was important, especially during low points when he believed he could help others the most. Hudson, in response, called Perry a “walking miracle,” acknowledging his dedication to aiding others.
When asked about watching “Friends,” Perry admitted he did so occasionally, finding it sometimes challenging due to the difficulties he faced during that period. Yet, he expressed immense pride in bringing Chandler Bing to life, asserting, “It wasn’t that I thought I could play Chandler; I was Chandler.”
In an interview with podcaster Tom Power, Perry expressed a desire to be remembered for his efforts in helping others overcome their struggles, rather than solely for his role in “Friends.” He emphasized his commitment to being there for someone seeking help with addiction. Perry’s legacy is one he aspired to continue living out: making a positive impact on those facing similar challenges.