The cast of Saturday Night Live paid tribute to Matthew Perry after the sudden confirmation of his death at the age of 54. Perry, renowned for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the popular sitcom Friends, was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles residence. The latest episode of SNL, hosted by comedian Nate Bargatze, concluded with a black and white image of Perry.
Matthew Perry had previously hosted SNL on October 4, 1997, during the peak of his fame from Friends, with musical guests Oasis. He joined fellow Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow as a guest host on the sketch show.
Perry's appearance on SNL included a Friends parody, where he portrayed the character Joey, originally played by Matt LeBlanc, while Colin Quinn took on an effeminate version of Chandler. This marked the fourth time a Friends cast member had hosted Saturday Night Live.
According to TMZ, Perry is believed to have drowned in his jacuzzi at his residence. Sources mentioned that he had engaged in physical activity prior to his death. Emergency services responded to a call for cardiac arrest but were unable to revive him. No drugs were found at the scene, and there is no suspicion of foul play.
Fans expressed their devastation on social media platforms, sharing heartfelt messages in response to the news. Perry battled with addiction during his tenure on Friends, and in 2018, he suffered a gastrointestinal perforation due to extreme opiate usage.
Throughout the agonizing recovery process, Perry disclosed the extent of his addiction struggles and the toll it took on his physical health. Despite these challenges, he continued to inspire audiences through his performances and candidness.
Matthew Perry will be remembered not only for his iconic role as Chandler Bing but also for the resilience he displayed in fighting his demons. The cast of SNL's tribute serves as a somber reminder of his contributions to the entertainment industry and the enduring impact he had on fans worldwide.