How did Matthew Perry Die?
Matthew Perry, the beloved actor known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing on the hit TV show “Friends,” has tragically passed away at the age of 54. Perry’s death, as reported by various sources, was the result of an accidental drowning in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles-area home. His death is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division, although there is no evidence of drug involvement at the scene, and authorities have not indicated any foul play in the incident
Perry’s career and life were marked by both incredible success and personal struggles, including a battle with addiction that he courageously shared in his memoir. Despite these challenges, Perry’s legacy as a gifted actor and his impact on the world of entertainment is undeniable.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Perry’s journey in the entertainment industry began with small roles in TV shows like “240-Robert,” “Charles in Charge,” “Silver Spoons,” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.” He made his film debut in “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon” in 1988, acting alongside River Phoenix.
Perry’s first major TV series was “Second Chances,” which later became “Boys Will Be Boys.” This show was followed by appearances in popular series like “Growing Pains,” “Who’s The Boss,” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
The “Friends” Era
However, it was his role as Chandler Bing on “Friends” in 1994 that catapulted Perry to worldwide fame. The sitcom’s enormous success made him a household name and earned him multiple Emmy nominations. Perry’s portrayal of the sarcastic yet lovable Chandler is a memorable part of television history.
Perry’s chemistry with his “Friends” co-stars, including Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow, created an unforgettable ensemble. They became some of the highest-paid actors in TV history and remained close friends off-screen.
After “Friends,” Perry continued to build his acting career with roles in films like “Fools Rush In,” “Almost Heroes,” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” He also appeared in TV series such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Mr. Sunshine,” and “The Odd Couple.”
In November 2022, Perry published his memoir, titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.” In this candid account, he revealed his struggles with opioid addiction and the life-threatening health challenges he faced. Perry’s openness about his battle with addiction and his journey to recovery inspired many.
Matthew Perry met his wife, literary manager Molly Hurwitz, in 2013, and the couple got engaged in 2020. Although they ended their engagement in 2021, Perry always wished the best for Molly.
Perry’s battle with addiction was a central part of his life story, as he faced hardships even during the height of his career. In his memoir, he discussed his struggles with addiction, revealing that he was taking 55 Vicodin a day and weighed only 128 pounds during his time on “Friends.”
Despite the challenges he faced, Perry emphasized his resilience and determination to overcome addiction and adversity.
Tributes and Legacy
In response to Matthew Perry’s passing, “Friends” paid tribute to him on their official Instagram account, calling him a “true gift.” Co-stars, including Maggie Wheeler and Selma Blair, expressed their deep sorrow at his loss.
The entertainment world mourns the loss of a talented actor who brought joy to millions. Perry’s legacy lives on through his work and the impact he made on the industry.
Matthew Perry is survived by his parents, leaving behind a body of work that will continue to be celebrated and cherished by fans around the world.