Matthew Perry, beloved actor known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom “Friends,” has passed away at the age of 54. The news of his death has shocked Hollywood, leading to an outpouring of tributes from celebrities, former co-stars, and fans.
Perry’s comedic talent was hailed by Warner Bros. Television Group, the production company behind “Friends,” describing him as a “comedic genius.” The show, which ran from 1994 to 2004, remains one of the most popular and beloved sitcoms of all time.
Numerous celebrities took to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to Perry. Selma Blair and Octavia Spencer were among those who honored the late actor. Blair shared a heartfelt message on X (formerly Twitter), while Spencer posted a photo in remembrance.
Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler’s mom on “Friends,” expressed her heartbreak on X, referring to Perry as her “son.” She sent her love and condolences to his friends and family, especially his father, John Bennett Perry, with whom she worked on other projects. Fairchild’s tweet encapsulated the shock and sadness felt by many over Perry’s untimely passing.
Even TV host Piers Morgan took to X to commemorate Perry’s life and career. Morgan highlighted the actor’s personal struggles with addiction, praising his powerful and honest autobiography that shed light on his tormented journey. Perry’s book, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” detailed his battles with alcoholism and opioid abuse.
Matthew Perry was born in Massachusetts to Canadian and American parents but was raised in Canada before moving to Los Angeles. At the age of 15, he embarked on an acting career, initially taking on supporting roles before landing the breakthrough role of Chandler Bing. Despite the immense success of “Friends,” Perry faced personal challenges and health struggles throughout his fame.
In his book, Perry disclosed the extent of his addiction and recounted his numerous attempts at detoxification and recovery. His candidness shed light on the toll his addiction had taken on his life, with detoxing over 65 times and spending a substantial amount of money trying to achieve sobriety.
Aside from his role as Chandler Bing, Perry also appeared in films such as “Fools Rush In” and “The Whole Nine Yards.”
The entertainment industry and fans worldwide mourn the loss of Matthew Perry, remembering him as a talented actor and a cherished member of the beloved “Friends” cast. His comedic presence and unforgettable portrayal of Chandler Bing will forever remain in the hearts of millions.