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Keith Morrison’s Title on Matthew Perry’s Death Certificate Reveals How Close Two Really Were

Keith Morrison’s Title on Matthew Perry’s Death Certificate Reveals How Close Two Really Were

Keith Morrison has been a broadcast journalist for Dateline NBC since 1995. He was also the late Matthew Perry’s stepfather.

Perry wrote about how important Morrison was to him in his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. In the book, he stated that Morrison was the person who made sure their families stuck together. He was also at Perry’s side when Perry was hospitalized in 2018 with a burst colon. Perry even walked his mother down the aisle in 1981 when she married Morrison.

According to The List, on Perry’s death certificate, Morrison is listed as the “informant.” His name is the only name to receive the title. Perry is survived by both parents and five siblings, so Morrison getting the informant title showcases just how close the two were when Perry was still alive.

Keith Morrison and the Rest of Perry’s Family Issued a Joint Statement After Perry’s Passing

On October 29th, just one day after Matthew Perry passed, Keith Morrison and the rest of Perry’s family issued a statement.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother,” his family told People. “Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”

Matthew Perry was known for his role as “Chandler Bing” in the hit sitcom Friends. Perry appeared in all ten seasons, beginning in 1994. He earned an Emmy nomination for his role in 2002.

Perry went on to earn two more nominations for guest appearances on The West Wing and another for appearing in Friends: The Reunion alongside his fellow co-stars David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc.

Matthew Perry is survived by his mother, Suzanne Morrison; father, John Bennett Perry; stepfather, Keith Morrison; stepmother, Debbie Boyle; and five half-siblings.