has struggled with addiction and entered rehab several times.
Matthew Perry, most famous for playing Chandler Bing on the popular TV show “Friends,” has faced challenges with substance abuse and has sought treatment multiple times.
Passed away on Saturday at 54 years old.
After the actor passed away, his parents expressed gratitude towards his supporters in a statement.
“We are devastated by the heartbreaking passing of our dear son and brother,” stated Perry’s family to People. “Matthew brought immense happiness to the world, as both an actor and a friend. Your presence meant everything to him and we are grateful for the overwhelming display of love.”
Perry was discovered unconscious in his hot tub at his residence in Pacific Palisades and law enforcement was contacted through a 911 call for assistance with a water emergency. The reason for his passing is still uncertain, however an examination was conducted and the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office is waiting for toxicology findings.
A message was posted on X on Saturday, stating: “The sudden loss of Matthew Perry is truly heartbreaking. The memories of the games we played in the schoolyard will always stay with me, and I am sure people all over the world will never forget the happiness he brought them. Thank you for all the laughter, Matthew. You were loved and will be deeply missed.”
Perry and his five co-stars on “Friends” gained a large fan base over the course of the show’s 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004.
Perry portrayed the role of Chandler Bing, a sarcastic and skeptical character and close friend of Ross Gellar, portrayed by David Schwimmer. In the seventh season of the series, Chandler ties the knot with Monica, Ross’ sister, played by Courtney Cox.
The final episode of the sitcom had an estimated 51.1 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched TV shows in history.
The series depicted a circle of six companions, the majority of whom resided in a shared apartment complex in New York City, located just a door away from each other. After Perry’s passing, devoted viewers gathered at the West Village structure featured in the show’s exterior shots, leaving flowers and signs to honor the adored actor.