Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing in the beloved 90s sitcom Friends, passed away on Saturday, October 28. He was 54. In the wake of his death, countless friends, fans, and colleagues penned touching tributes to the late actor, praising him for his razor-sharp wit, talent, and passion for helping others.
Among those remembering the Friends star is his ex-fiancee, Molly Hurwitz. Though the pair went their separate ways in 2021, it’s clear Hurwitz still holds a great deal of admiration for Matthew Perry.
“He would love that the world is talking about how talented he was,” she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post. “And he really was very talented.”
“As the Friends reunion was approaching, we rewatched the show together,” Hurwitz recalled. “‘F–k, I was so good!!!… See what I did there???’ We rewound and studied scenes. Our respect and appreciation of humor is something that connected us. Being with him as he rediscovered his brilliance was magical.”
“But, I obviously knew that man in a very different way, too. While I loved him deeper than I could comprehend, he was complicated, and he caused pain like I’d never known. No one in my adult life has had a more profound impact on me than Matthew Langford Perry. I have tremendous gratitude for that, for everything I learned from our relationship.”
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Al Anon, an invaluable resource for those who love someone struggling with this destructive disease.”
“Matty, I feel relief that you are at peace. Sincerely, Moll-o-Rama(…fication)”
‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry’s Cause of Death Remains Unknown
Matthew Perry was found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles area home. His official cause of death, however, remains unknown pending a toxicology report and further investigation.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother,” his family said in a statement. “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.”
Though Matthew Perry will always be remembered fondly for his role on Friends, he once said himself that he hopes his legacy isn’t solely built on Chandler Bing. In fact, he would prefer Friends to be low on the list.
“When I die, I know people will talk about Friends, Friends, Friends,” he wrote in his 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. “And I’m glad of that, happy I’ve done some solid work as an actor, as well as given people multiple chances to make fun of my struggles on the world wide web…”
“But when I die, as far as my so-called accomplishments go, it would be nice if Friends were listed far behind the things I did to try to help other people. I know it won’t happen, but it would be nice.”
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