Friends actor Matthew Perry has died at the age of 54. Here's everything you need to know:
Friends star Matthew Perry was found unresponsive in the hot tub at his LA home on Saturday at around 4pm.
That morning, he had played a game of pickleball, with friends telling TMZ the actor was 'in good spirits' at the time.
Afterwards, he sent his assistant out to pick up a new iPhone and prescription glasses for him.
When they returned, they found Matthew unresponsive in the hot tub and called 911.
Authorities have told TMZ that anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs and a drug for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease were found at his home. They emphasized that no illegal drugs were present.
Matthew's last social media post came five days before his death, where he posed in a jacuzzi.
🗣️ What they said
The actor's family told 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."
Matthew's main Friends co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Leblanc and David Schwimmer broke their silence two days after this death in a joint statement released to People magazine, that reads: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.
"There is so much to say, but right now, we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. In time we will say more, as and when we are able.
"For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."
Gwyneth Paltrow told the story of how she had met Matthew in 1993 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts, writing: "We drove out to swim in creeks, had beers in the local college bar, kissed in a field of long grass. It was a magical summer. He had shot the pilot of Friends but it had not aired yet. He was nervous, hoping his big break was just around the corner. It was. We stayed friends for a while until we drifted apart, but I was always happy to see him when I did. I am super sad today, as so many of us are. I hope Matthew is at peace at long last. I really do."
Liz Hurley, who starred in the 2002 romantic comedy Serving Sara with Matthew, wrote: "RIP Matthew Perry. So sad to hear the news of his passing. He was an incredibly talented comedian and a lovely man x."
Selma Blair took to Instagram to write: "My oldest boy friend. All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams."
Maggie Wheeler, who played his on-again, off-again girlfriend Janice in Friends, wrote: “What a loss. The world will miss you Mathew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared ♥️".
Paget Brewster, who played Kathy in the fourth season of Friends, wrote that she was “so very sad to hear” of Perry’s death and urged fans to read his book as it was "his legacy to help".
Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler’s mother on Friends, wrote that she was “heartbroken about the untimely death of my ‘son'”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who went to school with Perry in Ottawa, said Matthew's death was 'shocking'.
“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,” Trudeau wrote.
💬 Did you know...
In his book, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, Matthew Perry discussed how much he was suffering personally during the height of his fame on Friends.
When his character, Chandler Bing, married Monica Geller on the show, Matthew was driven from the rehab centre where he was living at the time trying to deal with his battles with addiction, to the set and back again.
"I married Monica and got driven back to the treatment center — at the height of my highest point in Friends, the highest point in my career, the iconic moment on the iconic show — in a pickup truck helmed by a sober technician," he wrote.
❗ It’s hard to believe, but…
The Friends star sat down with Diane Sawyer for an ABC News segment in October 2022 to discuss his book, where he delved into the depths of his addiction to opioids, revealing that at the height of his addiction, he was taking 55 pills of Vicodin per day.
When Diane Sawyer quoted an extract from his book where he wrote, “My friends call me Matty and I should be dead", he replied, “That’s definitely true."
Matthew revealed that over the years he had attended 6,000 AA meetings, gone to rehab 15 times, and been in detox 65 times. He had 14 surgeries, with his last one in 2022 leaving him with a six-inch incision with metal staples.
“I would like to be remembered as somebody who lived well, loved well, was a seeker,” Perry said. “And his paramount thing is that he wants to help people. That’s what I want.”
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