Actor Matthew Perry dead at age 54

LOS ANGELES, CA – Matthew Perry, renowned for his role on the popular sitcom “Friends,” has tragically passed away at the age of 54. Law enforcement sources have confirmed that Perry was found lifeless in a hot tub at his residence in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on a recent Saturday. The preliminary investigation suggests that the cause of death was drowning.

Emergency services were initially alerted to a potential cardiac arrest at Perry’s home. The scene was thoroughly examined, and no drugs were discovered, nor were there any indications of foul play. The Los Angeles Police Department’s robbery-homicide detectives are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Perry’s death.

Born on August 19, 1969, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Perry spent a significant portion of his childhood in Canada before relocating to Los Angeles. Perry gained fame for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the hit TV show “Friends,” which aired for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004.

Beyond “Friends,” Perry’s acting career was diverse and extensive. He starred in numerous films, including “Fools Rush In,” “17 Again,” and “The Whole Nine Yards,” and appeared in several television series such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Mr. Sunshine,” “Go On,” and “The Odd Couple.”

In 2021, Perry and his fellow “Friends” cast members reunited on the show’s original soundstage for the HBO special, “Friends: The Reunion.” Despite the show’s conclusion in 2004, Perry had maintained that the cast’s off-screen friendships remained strong.

Perry, who had openly struggled with addiction, released a memoir in November 2022 titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” In the book, he candidly discussed his time on “Friends” and his battle with substance abuse.