‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry dead at 54, according to reports

Matthew Perry has died, TMZ reports. He was 54.

WASHINGTON, USA – April 27, 2013: actor Matthew Perry at White House Correspondents Dinner on April 27, 2013 in Washington DC, USA — Photo by renaschild

According to TMZ, Perry was found at a Los Angeles-area home, where he appeared to have drowned.

The incident transpired in a Los Angeles-area residence, where Perry was discovered in an unresponsive state, suggesting a potential drowning, as disclosed by TMZ. Local authorities promptly responded to the scene at 4 p.m., dispelling any suspicions of foul play. An ongoing investigation has yet to reveal the precise cause of his demise.

Yahoo has taken measures to contact Perry’s representatives in pursuit of additional insight or comments.

Matthew Perry’s prominence burgeoned through his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing during the illustrious ten-season run of the beloved sitcom “Friends.” Subsequent to his tenure on the show, Perry ventured into the realm of television, assuming leading roles in a series of short-lived comedies, such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Mr. Sunshine,” “Go On,” and a revival of “The Odd Couple” alongside Thomas Lennon. Notably, he reunited with his “Friends” co-stars for an HBO Max reunion special in May 2021.

Perry’s presence extended to the silver screen, where he featured in films like “The Whole Nine Yards,” “17 Again,” and “Fools Rush In.”

In the preceding year, Perry released a memoir bearing the title “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” Within its pages, the actor candidly chronicled his battles with substance abuse and illuminated his complex relationship with the unforgiving glare of the public eye.

Following the memoir’s publication, Perry disclosed some of his previously undisclosed health tribulations, including a harrowing incident in 2018 when his colon ruptured due to opioid use. “The doctors told my family that I had a 2% chance to live,” Perry revealed in an interview with People. “I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one survives that.”

In a November 2022 interview with The Washington Post, Perry remarked on the impact of his memoir, stating, “It’s putting me on the map, and people are talking about me again. That’s nice because it’s been five or six years when there was none of that. Sometimes I think I went through the addiction, alcoholism, and fame all to be doing what I’m doing right now, which is helping people.”

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