The entertainment world was shaken by the news of Matthew Perry’s passing, known for his role on “Friends.”
The official cause of his death remains unknown, awaiting an investigation by the coroner, as confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
A LAPD spokesperson confirmed to CBS Los Angeles station KCAL News that there were “no obvious signs of trauma” on the actor’s body.
Perry was found unresponsive in his jacuzzi on Saturday, and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The actor was 54 years old.
Initial Findings and Investigation
The LAPD statement mentioned that due to Perry’s celebrity status, detectives from the Robbery Homicide Division responded to the scene and conducted a preliminary investigation.
Matthew Perry skyrocketed to fame thanks to his character Chandler Bing on “Friends,” a performance that earned him an Emmy nomination in 2002 for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.
Warner Bros. Television Group, the producer of “Friends,” expressed their devastation over the loss in a statement to CBS News. They pointed out that Perry was an “incredibly talented actor” and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family, underscoring that his comedic genius had impacted the world at large.
Career and Personal Struggles
Besides “Friends,” Perry starred in series and films like “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Growing Pains,” “Ally McBeal,” “17 Again,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “The West Wing,” and the 2015 reboot of “The Odd Couple.” He also received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his role in the miniseries “The Ron Clark Story” in 2007.
The actor had openly shared his substance abuse struggles in his memoir titled “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” released last year.
Perry, who went to rehab several times for drug and alcohol abuse, discussed the importance of understanding addiction as a disease in an interview with CBS News in 2015.
Tributes and Memorials
Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening. I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them. Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 29, 2023
The news of his death elicited a stream of tributes and memories from friends, fans, and members of the “Friends” community.
His talent and the joy he brought to others were highlighted, remembering him as an individual who left an indelible mark in the entertainment world and in the hearts of many.
With information from CBS News