Condolences are expressed after the passing of "Friends" actor Matthew Perry: "Such a tragedy. You will be greatly missed by the world."

Condolences are expressed after the passing of “Friends” actor Matthew Perry: “Such a tragedy. You will be greatly missed by the world.”

Matthew Perry, the talented and acclaimed actor who starred as Chandler Bing on the iconic 1990s sitcom “Friends,” has died

When they were 54 years old.

A watch commander from the LAPD has confirmed to CBS Los Angeles that Perry passed away on Saturday at a residence in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.

Condolences flooded social media after his passing was announced.

October 29, 2023

Perry’s five “Friends” co-stars

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer refrained from speaking immediately, but instead released a joint statement to People magazine on Monday.

The passing of Matthew has left us all heartbroken. We were more than just coworkers, we were a tight-knit family. Our statement expresses our deep sorrow and we ask for some time to mourn and come to terms with this unimaginable loss.

“We will provide more information at a later time, when we are able,” they stated. “Currently, our thoughts and love are with Matty’s family, friends, and all those who cared for him globally.”

"Friends" cast

The actors featured in the popular TV show “Friends”: (from left to right) Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston; (back row) Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer. Jon Ragel/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Maggie Wheeler, the actress known for portraying Janice, Chandler Bing’s on-and-off love interest in “Friends” with her iconic laughter, shared on her Instagram on Saturday evening: “It is a great loss. The world will mourn your absence…But the happiness you brought to countless people during your brief time on Earth will continue to live on. I am grateful for every creative moment we shared.”

Paget Brewster, an actress known for her role in “Friends,” shared that Perry was kind to her on the show and every time she saw him in the years that followed. She encourages others to read his book, which was his way of giving back. Although he may not rest in peace, she believes he is busy bringing joy and laughter to those above.

Friends - Season 1 Matthew Perry

Episode 10 of “Friends” is called “The One With the Monkey.” In this episode, Janice Hosenstein (played by Maggie Wheeler), Chandler Bing (played by Matthew Perry), and Ross Geller (played by David Schwimmer) are pictured from left to right.

This image was taken by Alice S. Hall and is owned by NBCUniversal, available through the NBCU Photo Bank.

Gwyneth Paltrow shared

In 1993, I have fond recollections of encountering Perry at the Williamstown Theater Festival and sharing a “magical summer” before his career skyrocketed with “Friends.”

“He was so funny and so sweet and so much fun to be with,” she wrote on Instagram. “We drove out to swim in creeks, had beers in the local college bar, kissed in a field of long grass.” 

“We remained friends for some time, but eventually grew apart. However, whenever I saw him, it always brought me joy,” Paltrow expressed in her post. “Today, I am deeply saddened, as many of us are.”

“I sincerely hope that Matthew has finally found peace.”

Yvette Nicole Brown, an actress who appeared alongside Perry in the 2015 reboot of the TV show “The Odd Couple,” expressed her sorrow over the news and said, “I am too heartbroken to say much, but I will say this: @mattyperry4 was a kind soul who deserved a more peaceful life. 54 is far too young to pass away. We love you, Matty!”

Matthew Perry

Yvette Nicole Brown, Matthew Perry, and Thomas Lennon were present at the SAG Foundation Actors Center in Los Angeles, California on May 19, 2015 for the SAG Foundation Conversations Series featuring the cast of “The Odd Couple.” Tibrina Hobson / Getty Images

The production company Warner Bros. Television Group, known for creating “Friends,” issued a statement expressing their sadness at the news of Matthew Perry’s death. They described him as a valuable member of their team and offered their condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Sterling Knight, who starred with Perry in the 2009 film “17 Again,” wrote that Perry “was kind, genuine, offered advice and inspired confidence. I’ll always be a little bummed that we never got to play tennis, but heaven must’ve needed some sarcasm, and he was the best.”

Mira Sorvino, who starred with Perry in the 1994’s “Parallel Lives,” posted, “Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!! May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!!”

Brad Garrett, star of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” praised Perry’s talent and strength, and sent love and comfort to his loved ones.

Matthew Perry

On November 10, 2003, Matthew Perry attended The Museum Of Television & Radio event at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California to honor Dan Rather and the producing team of CBS News’s show “Friends”. Chris Polk/FilmMagic

Lisa Ann Walter, who co-starred with Perry in “The Odd Couple,” mentioned his role in the popular 2000 comedy “The Whole Nine Yards.”

During my appearance on The Odd Couple, I mentioned to Matthew Perry that his scene in The Whole Nine Yards where he runs into a patio door was one of the funniest moments I’ve ever seen. His reaction was a huge smile that made me think his face might break.

“My oldest boy friend,” actress Selma Blair wrote on Instagram. “All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams.”