Matthew Perry, best known for his role as the lovably sarcastic Chandler Bing on Friends, died on October 28, 2023, at his Los Angeles area home. He was 54. The actor’s cause of death remains unknown pending a toxicology report and further investigation.
News of the actor’s death was met with an outpouring of grief from fans, friends, and colleagues of Perry, all of whom showered love and admiration on the late star. Much of the tributes came in the form of social media posts, but a number of fans took to the streets of New York to arrange a memorial outside of Chandler Bing’s fictional apartment building.
Fans Pay Tribute to Matthew Perry Outside of ‘Friends’ Apartment
In reality, the building on the corner of Bedford and Grove Street in Greenwich Village is home to The Little Owl café, the exterior of which is now wreathed in flowers, notes, and other mementos. While passing by the memorial, NBC producer Shawn Reynolds snapped a few photos of the heartbreaking letters penned by Matthew Perry fans.
I stopped by the “Friends” apartment on my walk home from the gym. These notes at the memorial to Matthew Perry are heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/VHURAReK8D— Shawn Reynolds (@ShawnReynolds_) October 31, 2023
“Dear Matt, thank you for making me laugh. I am glad Chandler got the happy ending that you deserved,” one fan wrote. “Thank you for all the memories,” said another.
In a lengthy note resting atop a mountain of multi-colored bouquets, a third fan described what Friends and Matthew Perry meant to them.
“Friends was the answer and solution for my anxiety before I even had a word for that feeling,” they wrote. “All I know is that whenever I had big feelings, I could pop in a VHS box set of a given season in the VCR and not just feel okay but even laugh. As reliable as a true friend, 20 years later, Friends is still my comfort show.”
“Thank you, Matty, for making me feel peace and joy, from middle school to my mid-30s, even when you didn’t. Your impact is immeasurable and you were and always will be a friend to so many strangers. Thank you for being there for us.”
Fans on the scene gave their thoughts on Perry’s passing as well. “A really tragic loss. It’s the first of the Friends to pass away, and he was just like a friend to everyone,” Joanne Spataro told CBS. “I grew up with Friends. I remember ‘must-see TV’ every Thursday night, watching it with my sister. So it’s definitely the end of an era,” Josh McConnell agreed.
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