“Friends” Star Matthew Perry Passed Away at 54

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Matthew Perry at "The Circle" film screening at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock (8660370z)

Matthew Perry, the Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Chandler Bing on the beloved sitcom Friends, passed away at the age of 54. Tributes poured in from Perry’s loyal fans and peers in Hollywood after he was found dead in his Los Angeles home.

Perry died on October 28, after he was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his house in in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. According to initial reports, Perry died in an apparent drowning, but the Los Angeles Police Department is yet to share additional details regarding the cause of death.

After the news of Perry’s death made headlines, his family confirmed his passing in an official statement to TMZ:

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”

Perry rose to prominence while playing the sarcastic wisecracker Chandler Bing on the hit 90s sitcom Friends, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow. His filmography also included lead roles in TV shows Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Odd Couple, the two-time Emmy nominated guest spot on The West Wing, and films The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again, and The Ron Clark Story.