Charlie Puth, the singer-songwriter known for hits like "One Call Away" and "How Long," showed his love for the beloved 90s sitcom Friends during his concert in Melbourne, Australia. The 31-year-old artist was devastated to learn of Matthew Perry's sudden passing at the age of 54, just moments before he was set to take the stage at Margaret Court Arena.
In a heartfelt gesture, Puth kicked off his performance by dedicating The Rembrandt's iconic song "I'll Be There For You," the Friends theme song, to the late actor. The crowd joined in, singing along with tears in their eyes, as Puth led the chorus. A TikTok video capturing this emotional moment went viral, garnering over 1.5 million likes and 54.7 million shares.
Fans expressed their gratitude for Puth's touching tribute, with one user commenting, "My heart is so full and broken all at once." This isn't the first time Puth has showcased his love for the sitcom; he previously demonstrated his Friends knowledge on Billboard's Quizzed series and even serenaded Courteney Cox with the theme song.
Following the nostalgic tribute, Puth transitioned into "When I See You Again," a song he co-wrote and performed with Wiz Khalifa in 2015, which holds personal significance to him as it's inspired by the loss of a dear friend. The audience was deeply moved by the heartfelt rendition.
While the cause of Matthew Perry's death remains unknown, authorities responded to a 911 call from his Pacific Palisades home, later confirming that he had passed away at the age of 54. Despite rumors, no drugs were found on the scene, and there was no indication of foul play. Fans and friends continue to mourn the loss of the beloved actor.
Charlie Puth's tribute to Matthew Perry not only showcased his genuine admiration for Friends but also provided solace to fans grieving the loss of a talented actor. By combining music and nostalgia, he created a deeply emotional experience that resonated with concertgoers and countless people worldwide.