Matthew Perry, ‘Friends’ star, dead at age 54
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Matthew Perry, 'Friends' star, dead at age 54

Matthew Perry, the renowned American actor who gained worldwide recognition for his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing in the era-defining TV series Friends, has sadly died at the age of 54.

As per the latest updates, Perry’s demise occurred due to a tragic hot tub accident at his residence in Los Angeles. While the official cause of death has not been publicly disclosed, this unfortunate incident was verified by the actor’s spokesperson, who communicated with local authorities.

Perry’s acting career was largely defined by his role in Friends, the show that resonated with people across cultural divides and has continued to find audiences nearly three decades on from its original release. The latter half of his career was severely impacted by his struggles with addiction, including a debilitating dependence on Vicodin.

Last year, the TV star published a memoir titled  Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, where he opened up about his battle with addiction.

Perry revealed that his drug habits had almost killed him after his colon burst: “The doctors told my family that I had a 2% chance to live. I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one survives that.”

Fans all around the world have been shocked by the sudden news, with many taking to social media to express their love and admiration for the late actor.

Warner Bros Television Group also paid tribute to Perry: “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.”