Co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, along with director Kevin Bright, have expressed their sorrow and paid homage to the late actor Matthew Perry, who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 54. Known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom Friends, Perry was remembered for his intelligence and exceptional comedic timing.
In a joint statement given to Deadline, the creators and director of Friends shared their shock and deep sadness regarding Perry's tragic death. Describing him as a cherished friend, they acknowledged his brilliance and his ability to completely embody his character. From the moment they heard him bring Chandler Bing to life, they knew he was the perfect fit for the role.
The statement further emphasized the joy and intelligence Perry brought not only to his work but also to his personal life. Known as the "funniest person in the room," he possessed a selfless and giving heart, leaving a lasting impact on those around him.
Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004 and remains immensely popular, continues to resonate with audiences worldwide. Perry reunited with his co-stars for the much-anticipated 2021 reunion special, which garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).
While Perry achieved global fame through his portrayal of Chandler Bing, he faced personal battles with substance abuse throughout his life. His untimely death, suspected to be a drowning incident, prompted an outpouring of shock and grief from fans.
As investigations into the circumstances surrounding Perry's death continue, prescription anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills were reportedly found at his Los Angeles home, with no illegal drugs discovered. Perry had a history of battling addiction, including struggles with alcohol and opiates, but had claimed to be sober before his passing.
The loss of Matthew Perry has left an indelible void in the entertainment industry, as fans and colleagues mourn the talented actor's untimely departure. His legacy as a beloved and comedic icon will forever be cherished, along with the memories he created both on-screen and off.