Matthew Perry, a talented actor who reached massive fame as Chandler Bing in the beloved NBC sitcom Friends, has died at the age of 54. Although he was a pivotal part of the show, which has become one of the most cherished television shows of all time, Perry also struggled with substance abuse for many years.
What was the cause of Matthew Perry’s death?
The news of Matthew Perry’s passing broke on Saturday, when law enforcement sources informed the Los Angeles Times that he had been found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home. The authorities responded to a call around 4 p.m. to his residence and found his body. Perry has been vocal in his struggles with substance abuse, and never married. He also does not have any children to survive him. He has spoken openly about his struggle with getting sober in his 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, where he reveals that he had spent over $9 million to get better.
“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”Warner Bros. TV
Matthew Perry: Legacy In Film & TV
Matthew Perry gained notoriety for portraying Chandler Bing in the iconic sitcom Friends. Initially, all six of the cast members were relatively unknown, but Perry’s talent and comic timing stood out as he delivered the program’s best lines. Despite Chandler’s sarcasm, he was also somewhat insecure and awkward, often resulting in comedic and poignant situations. These qualities ultimately contributed to the character’s popularity among viewers, as he became one of the most memorable and loved members of the Friends ensemble.
Perry made his television debut in 1979, when his father cast him in a supporting role on an episode of 240-Robert. Perry became a regular character on the 1987-88 Fox comedy Second Chance after appearing as a guest on the sitcoms Charles in Charge (in 1985) and Silver Spoons (in 1986). Shortly after its premiere, the show was renamed Boys Will Be Boys to reflect the shenanigans of Perry’s character and his pals. n 1990, he played Valerie Bertinelli’s younger brother on the comedy Sydney, and he appeared in episodes of Highway to Heaven, Empty Nest, Who’s the Boss?, and Beverly Hills, 90210.