Matthew Perry, a beloved pop culture icon and star of the hit sitcom “Friends,” is dead at 54.
According to TMZ and the LA Times, which were the first media outlets to report the news, First responders found the star dead at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. Per Los Angeles law enforcement, Perry was unconscious in a hot tub at his house, and attempts to revive him failed.
While speaking to AFP, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson stated, “We responded at 4:10 pm… It is a death investigation for a male in his 50s,” however, he did not confirm the victim’s name.
Further, Scot Williams, a Los Angeles Police Capt. and leader of the Robbery Homicide Division that is investigating Perry’s death, said the “cause of death may not be known for some time, but at this point foul play is not suspected.” He also added that the Los Angeles County coroner’s office will determine the cause of death.
Likewise, the Los Angeles fire department confirmed it had responded to a “water emergency.” But could not confirm reports that Perry had drowned. Matthew Perry was best known for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the popular sitcom “Friends.” The show ran from 1994 to 2004 and lasted for 10 seasons. Despite ending nearly two decades ago, the show still remains a pop culture phenomenon.
“Friends” followed the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, New York, as they navigated adult life together, and dealt with divorce, dating, kids, and careers.
Fans of the show have taken to social media to pay their respects to the late icon.
I just saw someone saying “not matthew perry, chandler Bing was my friend when I didn’t feel like I have any” and that sums it up perfectly.
You made me laugh when i needed it the most,
Friends was my comfort on those dark days
But Chandler you were everything…… pic.twitter.com/te77VKh2k6
— sz (@synyaz) October 29, 2023
I remember watching Friends for the first time and falling in love with Chandler Bing. i will never be able to watch Friends the same way ever again. so heartbreaking.
Thank you so much for being Chandler! You will always be loved so much pic.twitter.com/h1W3wUsIJa
— 10/10 Friends (@centralperkf) October 29, 2023
i will forever love you mathew perry
thank you for giving chandler life ❤️ pic.twitter.com/yynzotbjAJ
— ︀︀︀𝒅 (@dwildflowerr) October 29, 2023
One of the most romantic moments I've seen with Matthew Perry. He was both romantic and funny, a wonderful husband, and the best friend. You will always be missed #mathewperry pic.twitter.com/uxynaXqbQ3
— Bruce Wayne (@yaar_rahull) October 29, 2023
im completely devastated by this news i can hardly believe it. matthew perry made chandler bing come to life. he made millions of people laugh even in dark times. matthew you're so loved and you'll be so missed 💕 pic.twitter.com/LpTmFemuY1
— all things friends (@friendscatalog) October 29, 2023
The One Where All Our Hearts Are Broken 💔💔
To borrow Janice's saddest line – "Goodbye, Chandler Bing" 😭😭
Matthew Perry, 1969 – 2023 pic.twitter.com/sESJg6ge0j
— Jane-Elise Cherry (@jecherry_SP) October 29, 2023