Matthew Perry’s family has issued a statement following the Friends star shocking and “tragic” death on Oct. 28.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother,” his family told People on Sunday, Oct. 29. “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.”
TMZ broke news of Matthew Perry’s death on Saturday night. According to the publication, police found him dead in his hot tub at his LA home. The cause of death has not been revealed, but TMZ reports it was an apparent drowning. Perry was 54.
In an update, the publication wrote that Perry had been playing pickleball that morning and asked his personal assistant to run an errand for him after he returned home. Two hours later, the assistant found Perry unresponsive and called 911. Authorities did not find drugs or alcohol at the scene. There were also no signs of foul play.
Warner Bros. TV Issues Statement After Matthew Perry’s Passing
A spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed with PEOPLE that a male in his 50s had been found dead at Perry’s residence, but would not share the victim’s name. Warner Bros. TV released a statement shortly after that verified TMZ’s report.
“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day,” it wrote. “And we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”
Matthew Perry was known for playing Chandler Bing in Friends for all ten seasons beginning in 1994. He earned an Emmy nomination for that role in 2002. He 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.
The actor is survived by his mother, Suzanne Morrison; father, John Bennett Perry; stepfather, Keith Morrison; stepmother, Debbie Boyle; and five half-siblings.
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