Actor Matthew Perry passed away on Saturday at the age of 54 in what appeared to be an incident of drowning in his hot tub. The autopsy has been completed, and a toxicology report is pending. Now, fans and friends of the late actor share their best memories of him, his best performances on screen, and his legacy of creating a sober living facility.
Perry starred as Chandler Bing on the hit television show “Friends” alongside Courtney Cox, Jennifer Anniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc. The television show is widely regarded as a cultural phenomenon. Fans continue to visit the apartment building where the show is set in the West Village of Manhattan, New York, offering their condolences.
Matthew Perry is being honored by his fans. 💐 After the actor died by an apparent drowning at age 54 on Saturday, flowers were laid outside the New York City apartment building where his Friends character Chandler Bing lived. https://t.co/sLw3DQt1mh pic.twitter.com/38GGxkbzWR
— People (@people) October 30, 2023
Tributes for Matthew Perry outside the Friends apartment in New York. He was so loved. pic.twitter.com/yp044s4vuW
— no context chandler bing (@NoContxtBing) October 30, 2023
Perry released a book titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir” in 2022, in which he discussed the mental health and addiction challenges he experienced throughout his life. He previously wrote that he would like to be remembered primarily for his legacy of giving back to his community and creating a sober living facility in Malibu, California.
Tributes From Friends
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow reflected on her brief relationship turned lasting friendship with the late actor, and her pride in his legacy of “Friends” and helping others.
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Singer Charlie Puth sang the Rembrandt’s “I’ll Be There For You”, which was the theme song of “Friends,” in tribute to Perry at his concert this weekend.
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) October 30, 2023
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown reflected upon her friendship with the late actor, calling his death “devastating.”
It was important for me to speak about Matthew because I know there are so many others who loved him so dearly who cannot right now. The heartbreak I feel is nowhere near what they are surely feeling in this devastating moment. Until they can speak… https://t.co/oCdnWzn7mb
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 30, 2023
HBO Max has updated their system to include an in memoriam message to Perry displayed before each episode of ‘Friends” plays.
Max has added a Matthew Perry tribute card to the beginning of each season of “Friends” on the streaming platform. pic.twitter.com/qFOMi1rkXg
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) October 30, 2023
Max is honoring Matthew Perry with a tribute card at the start of each season of ‘Friends’ on the streaming platform. pic.twitter.com/2D1TdN2HIw
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 30, 2023
Viewers continue to share compilations of their favorite scenes of the actor, whose character was known for his sarcastic sense of humor and endearing awkwardness.
The one where we say Goodbye
Goodbye, Matthew Perry
Goodbye, Chandler Bing pic.twitter.com/p7AnD5hASY
— Chris 🥨 | Fan Acc (@ChenfordLand) October 29, 2023
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) paused posting about the ongoing union strike to share a message for Perry.
Our hearts go out to Matthew Perry’s family, co-stars and friends. His legacy of work onscreen and off will continue, and we will remember him just the way he would like to be remembered. 💔 pic.twitter.com/090sNeXM7T
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) October 29, 2023
Others vow to dress up as the actor’s pink bunny costume from a previous “Friends” Halloween episode.
In loving memory of Matthew Perry, It would be awesome if people dressed up as a pink bunny for Halloween tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/OSqxZI9ejk
— Chandler Bing Parody (@ChandlerBing_12) October 30, 2023
Tennis star Billie Jean King recounted Perry’s longtime support of the sport.
Matthew Perry loved tennis, and was a nationally ranked junior player for Canada (Top 20 in singles and Top 10 in doubles) before moving into acting.
He attended the US Open regularly.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. https://t.co/TlxG3eA8FQ
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) October 30, 2023
Whoopi Goldberg recounted a previous Perry appearance on “The View” last year.
REMEMBERING MATTHEW PERRY: #TheView co-hosts react to the sudden passing of Matthew Perry and discuss his legacy as fans and friends pay tribute to him. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/FLrzQFXboy
— The View (@TheView) October 30, 2023
Actress Sofia Milos recounted a positive experience working alongside Perry when she portrayed a girlfriend of his character on “Friends.”
I loved playing ur girlfriend AURORA to ur brilliant CHANDLER on FRIENDS ❤️ and will always cherish the memory
My condolences to ur family, friends & millions of fans around the world. Thank you for years of laughter & joy with your talent
— Sofia Milos official (@milossofia) October 29, 2023
The cast of “Friends” is yet to issue a statement on Perry’s passing, but the group had remained close friends until the actor’s death. Memorial arrangements are to be announced.