Matthew Perry, Chandler from Friends, dead at 54

Matthew Perry dead

Several US media outlets have reported that the actor was found dead, drowned in a hot tub at his home.

Actor Matthew Perry, who rose to fame in the 1990s as Chandler Bing in the hit US TV sitcom ‘Friends‘ and recounted his decades-long battle with substance abuse last year in an autobiography, died on Saturday at the age of 54 .

His death was confirmed in a statement released by NBC, the network that aired ‘Friends‘ for 10 years. “We are incredibly saddened by Matthew Perry’s passing far too soon,” NBC Entertainment said. “He brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world with his pitch-perfect comedic timing and wry wit. His legacy will live on through countless generations.”

The Los Angeles Times and, both citing anonymous police sources, have reported that the American-Canadian entertainer was found dead in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

Chandler in Friends

Perry was world-renowned for his role as Chandler on the hit show ‘Friends’, which ran for 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004, co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.

Hidden from public view for much of the original broadcast was Perry’s prolonged struggle with addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol, which he detailed in his 2022 memoir, ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing’. “Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead,” Perry wrote at the beginning of the book.

Drug and alcohol addiction

Perry had a history of addiction and related medical problems that, by his own account, led him to spend more than half his life in treatment centers. In a New York Times interview published in October 2022, Perry said he had been clean for 18 months and told the newspaper, “I’ve probably spent $9 million or so trying to get sober.”

Friends’ co-star Maggie Wheeler, who played his on-off girlfriend Janice on the show, shared a tribute on Instagram, “What a loss. The world will miss you Mathew Perry,” she wrote. “The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”

According to sources speaking to The Los Angeles Times, no drugs were found at the scene and no foul play is suspected.

Perhaps the best way to commemorate Matthew Perry is with a top 10 of favourite Chandler Bing quotes, the character he was most known for and most loved by fans.

“I tend to keep talking until somebody stops me.”

“It’s always better to lie than to have a complicated discussion.”

“So it seems like this internet thing is here to stay.”

“I am glad we are having a rehearsal dinner. I rarely practice my meals before I eat.”

“I’m not great at giving advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?”

“What must it be like not to be crippled by fear and self-loathing?”

“I say more dumb things before 9am than most people say all day.”

“Until I was 25, I thought that the only response to ‘I love you’ was ‘Oh, crap!’”

“When I first meet somebody it’s usually panic, anxiety, and a great deal of sweating.”

“I want to start drinking in the morning. Don’t say I don’t have goals!”

And just because Chandler would have liked the subversiveness – here at no.11:

“Cheese. It’s milk that you chew.”

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Kevin Fraser Park

Kevin was born in Scotland and worked in marketing, running his own businesses in UK, Italy and, for the last 8 years, here in Spain. He moved to the Costa del Sol in 2016 working initially in real estate. He has a passion for literature and particularly the English language which is how he got into writing.