Matthew Perry, the acclaimed Hollywood actor best known for his iconic role as Chandler Bing in the beloved sitcom Friends, has passed away at the age of 54. His sudden demise has left the entire world shocked and bereaved. Perry was found dead of an apparent drowning at his Los Angeles home on October 28, 2023.
Mathew Perry as Chandler Bing in Friends
As Chandler Bing, Perry portrayed the quick-witted, insecure, and neurotic roommate of Joey (played by Matt LeBlanc) and a close friend of Ross (played by David Schwimmer). Over the show’s 10 seasons, Friends became one of television’s biggest hits, capturing hearts with its endearing characters and witty humor. The series followed a group of friends navigating life in New York City, and Perry’s portrayal of Chandler was central to its success. His chemistry with co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc remains unforgettable.
In recent years, Friends has found renewed popularity among younger audiences through streaming services. The cast famously banded together for later seasons to negotiate a salary of $1 million US per episode each. However, behind the scenes, Perry grappled with addiction and an intense desire to please audiences. He once revealed in his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, that he felt immense pressure for the live audience to laugh during tapings. His struggle remained hidden from fans at the time.
Perry’s legacy as Chandler Bing will continue to resonate with countless generations. His comedic genius touched hearts around the world, and his impact remains indelible. Today is a heartbreaking day as we remember this talented actor who brought joy to millions. Our thoughts go out to his family, loved ones, and devoted fans during this difficult time.
Friends makers issue a statement
In a statement, Warner Bros. Television Group, the producers of Friends, expressed profound sorrow saying, “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 live 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.”
Celebrities share their condolences for Friends actor Chandler Bing
Celebrities from both Hollywood and Bollywood have expressed their grief over Perry’s passing:
Ranveer Singh took to his Instagram Stories to share a picture of Matthew Perry accompanied by the evil eye, folded hands, and dove emojis, reflecting his deep condolences.
Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani also shared a post about Perry’s passing on their Stories, expressing their sorrow with broken heart emojis.
Athiya Shetty shared a poignant tribute, posting a picture of the actor alongside a broken heart emoji.
Bipasha Basu, on the other hand, paid her respects by sharing his still from Friends, captioned with “rip #matthewperry,” and accompanied by a broken heart sticker.
Nimrat Kaur took to X (formerly Twitter) to share a picture of Matthew Perry and wrote, “Rest in glory #MatthewPerry. Chandler Bing for life,” along with a broken heart emoji.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu also shared a picture of the later actor and wrote, “Heartbroken. RIP Matthew Perry.” Soni Razdan called it “Sad sad news” on her Instagram Stories.
Sophie Choudry took to X to share her grief. She wrote along with a picture of Matthew, “As if the news we wake up to everyday right now isn’t bad enough… now this (broken heart emojis) Been reading his autobiography and this is just heartbreaking. Thank you for all the laughs & your incredible talent #matthewperry .. May you finally rest in peace though the world has lost a gem.”
The entertainment industry mourns the loss of this sweet yet troubled soul. Matthew Perry’s memory will forever live on in our hearts as we revisit episodes of Friends and cherish his remarkable contributions to television history.
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