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‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54, Fans React to Sudden Passing

‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54, Fans React to Sudden Passing

Following the news that Friends star Matthew Perry suddenly died at the age of 54, fans of the long-running TV show took to social media to react to the news.

As previously reported, Perry was found dead in a jacuzzi of an LA home on Saturday (October 28th). Authorities were responding to a cardiac arrest call when they discovered the Friends star.

Immediately after the actor’s death was first reported, fans quickly responded to the unfortunate news. The Los Angeles Times confirmed Perry’s death and reported that no drugs were found at the scene. TMZ was also told there was no foul play involved as well. 

“Rest in peace to the man who played one of my favorite characters of all time,” one fan wrote on X. “Matthew Perry was able to put a smile on my face when no one else could and I’ll remember his impact he had on me and his legacy forever.”

Another fan declared on the social media platform that Perry had given the world one of the best comedian performances and comfort characters in television. “He was not a character but I hope he knows he made an impact on a lot of people, RIP.”

Other admirers of Matthew Perry’s work quickly shared iconic (and hilarious) clips of his time on Friends. The late actor played the fan-favorite, Chandler Bing, on the hit TV show for 10 seasons.

Prior to Friends, Perry had landed a role as Chazz Russell on the ‘80s sitcom Boys Will Be Boys as well as made appearances on Growing Pains and Who’s the Boss? 

Matthew Perry Called His ‘Friends’ Years ‘Difficult’ 

In his 2004 memories Friends… ’Til the End, Matthew Perry opened up about why his years on Friends were pretty difficult ones. 

“I was 24 when I got on the show,” he wrote. “I’ll be 34 when it’s over, and those are really important years in somebody’s life. So to do it all in public… was difficult.”

Matthew Perry reflected on his rise to fame due to the show. “At first you have the wave of ‘I’m famous, and this is exactly what I’ve wanted my whole life.’ But then you go through the whole recluse stage where you think, ‘I wish everybody would stop staring at me.’ And then you eventually, hopefully, get through that.” 

Nearly a decade after Friends ended, Perry revealed that he started abusing alcohol and Vicodin following a 1997 jet ski accident. “I had a big problem with pills and I couldn’t stop,” he told People in 2013. “Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide, then everyone knew.”

After things started “clicking” for him, the actor founded Perry House, a men’s sober living facility. It was located in his old Malibu home.