Matthew Perry, the beloved actor known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit TV show Friends, was found dead in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home. His assistant discovered him underwater and attempted to provide air, but by the time first responders arrived, Perry had already passed away.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the emergency call and removed Perry from the hot tub. A rapid medical assessment confirmed that he was deceased prior to their arrival. The official cause of death has not yet been determined, but drowning is believed to be a possibility.
Perry, who had been open about his battles with substance abuse in the past, had recently declared himself sober. However, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications were found at his property, with no sign of illegal drugs.
The circumstances surrounding Perry's death are currently under investigation by the LAPD and the LA County Medical Examiner. An initial autopsy result has been deferred, pending the results of toxicology reports.
Heartfelt tributes from fans and friends have poured in, with the cast of Friends reportedly working on a joint statement to honor their late co-star. Mourners have also gathered outside the building made famous by the TV show in New York City's West Village, leaving flowers and messages of gratitude.
Perry's final Instagram post showcased images of him enjoying his Pacific Palisades home, including a hot tub with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The property, which Perry purchased in 2020, underwent extensive renovations to reflect his personal style.
As investigations continue, fans and loved ones mourn the loss of Matthew Perry, remembering him for his talent, humor, and the joy he brought through his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing on Friends.