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‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54: Reports

‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54: Reports

Actor Matthew Perry attends the premiere of the film "17 Again" in Los Angeles, on April 14, 2009. (Phil McCarten/Reuters)

Mimi Nguyen Ly

Mimi Nguyen Ly

10/28/2023

Updated: 1/5/2024

Matthew Perry, best known for his role in the sitcom “Friends,” has passed away at 54, according to media reports.
The cherished actor was found lifeless in a jacuzzi at a residence located in the upscale Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles around 4 p.m. on Saturday, according to the tabloid news outlet TMZ.
Unnamed police sources cited by the outlet said that emergency services hurried to the scene following an initial report of a cardiac arrest.
No drugs were present at the location and there is no indication of any foul play.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released a statement to multiple outlets saying: “We responded to the 1800 block of Blue Sail Rd for a death investigation on a male 4:10 pm this afternoon. He was in his 50s.” The statement did not confirm the person’s identity.
The Epoch Times could not immediately independently confirm the reports.
Mr. Perry is best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the TV sitcom “Friends.”
“We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry’s passing,” the official “Friends” Twitter account issued a statement late Saturday. “He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans.”
“Friends” ran from 1994 to 2004 for a total of 10 seasons, featuring Mr. Perry alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer.
Mr. Perry received one Emmy nomination for his “Friends” role and two more for appearances as an associate White House counsel on “The West Wing.”
Over the span of his career, Mr. Perry also made appearances in other TV series like “Boys Will Be Boys,” “Growing Pains,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Scrubs.”
He also had several notable film roles, including starring opposite Salma Hayek in the rom-com “Fools Rush In” and Bruce Willis in the crime comedy “The Whole Nine Yards.“ Other films include ”17 Again“ and ”Three to Tango.”
(L–R) The cast of TV show "Friends" Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox at the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, on Jan. 21, 1996. (Mike Nelson/AFP via Getty Images)

(L–R) The cast of TV show "Friends" Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox at the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, on Jan. 21, 1996. (Mike Nelson/AFP via Getty Images)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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