The world was shocked and saddened by the news of Matthew Perry’s death on October 28, 2023. The beloved actor, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom Friends, was found dead in his Los Angeles home at the age of 54. The cause of death has not been officially confirmed, but sources say that he suffered a heart attack.
Now, a new detail has come to light that adds to the tragedy of his passing. According to a report by TMZ, Perry’s body was discovered by his longtime assistant, who had gone to check on him after not hearing from him for several days. The assistant reportedly found Perry lying on his bed, unresponsive and cold to the touch. She immediately called 911, but it was too late to save him.
Perry had struggled with substance abuse and health issues for most of his adult life. He had admitted to being addicted to opioids and alcohol, and had undergone several rehab stints and surgeries. He had also revealed that he had a colostomy bag for a year after a gastrointestinal perforation in 2018. He said that the experience helped him quit drugs, but also left him feeling depressed and isolated.
In his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Bang Theory, published in 2022, Perry opened up about his personal and professional life, including his failed relationships, his fame and fortune, and his regrets and hopes. He also expressed his gratitude for his Friends co-stars, who he considered as his family. He said that he was proud of the show and its legacy, and that he hoped to reunite with them someday.
Sadly, that reunion never happened. Perry’s death came just a few months after the Friends reunion special aired on HBO Max in May 2023. The special featured all six main cast members reminiscing about their time on the show and sharing behind-the-scenes stories. Perry appeared visibly frail and slurred his speech during the special, sparking concern among fans and friends.
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Perry’s co-stars and other celebrities have paid tribute to him on social media, expressing their grief and condolences. They have also praised him for his talent, humor, and kindness. His fans have also flooded the internet with messages of love and appreciation for the actor who made them laugh and cry for decades.
Matthew Perry will always be remembered as one of the most iconic and beloved actors of his generation. His legacy will live on through his work and his fans. Rest in peace, Matthew. You will be missed.