Matthew Perry, the actor who brought so much joy and hilarity to the world as Chandler Bing on Friends, has passed away.
Warner Bros. Television Group (which produced the iconic series) has confirmed the sad news in a statement to Deadline:
“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 love on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”
LAPD Officer Drake Madison has confirmed to the Associated Press that law enforcement attended a home on Saturday “for a death investigation of a male in his 50s” however no further details have been confirmed.
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Matthew, who was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, made his television debut in 1979, appearing in an episode of 240-Robert. He went on to appear in Charles in Charge, Just the Ten of Us, Growing Pains and many other TV shows before landing his role on Friends in 1994 alongside Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt Le Blanc. Known for his glorious comedic timing, Matthew received his first Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the sarcastic, quick-witted and loveable Chandler in 2002.
Last year, he released his book titled Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, which powerfully opened with the line, “Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.” In it, he spoke of his struggles with addiction as well as his commitment to sobriety, and his hopes of starting a family.
He was 54 years old.
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