Celebrities are mourning the loss of actor Matthew Perry after his death at age 54. Perry died from an apparent drowning on Saturday, October 28. Police responded to a call of someone in cardiac arrest at a Los Angeles home, where they reportedly found the actor unconscious in a jacuzzi.
Ian Ziering, who worked with Perry on Beverly Hills, 90210, took to Instagram, writing, “RIP Matthew. My heart goes out to his family and all who he was dear to. What a great guy, so sad.”
Before his death, Perry candidly discussed the ups and downs he faced after rising to stardom on Friends. The sitcom, which ran from 1994 to 2004, made Perry a household name for his role as Chandler Bing. Behind the scenes, however, Perry battled addiction after a Jet Ski accident in 1997.
Perry became addicted to Vicodin, which eventually led to alcohol abuse. In 2000, he was hospitalized with pancreatitis and ultimately started detoxing while still filming Friends. Over the years, Perry made multiple attempts to get sober. His struggles inspired Perry’s decision to open a sober living home for men in 2013.
After entering recovery, Perry detailed his journey in his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.
“So much has been written about me in the past. I thought it was time people heard from me. The highs were high, the lows were low. But I have lived to tell the tale, even though at times it looked like I wouldn’t. And it’s all in here. I apologize it’s not a pop up book,” he tweeted ahead of the book’s release in November 2022.
Scroll down to read tributes to the late star.
Lucy Hale – The actress uploaded a photo of Perry via Instagram, writing, “Rest easy.”
Selma Blair – “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,” Blair captioned an Instagram selfie with the late actor.
Delilah Belle Hamlin – “Rest in peace,” Hamlin wrote alongside a photo of Perry’s character Chandler.
Olivia Munn – In response to the news, Munn shared a photo of Perry via Instagram, adding, “Oh no.”
Lisa Ann Walter – “In The Whole Nine Yards – Matthew Perry runs full force into a patio door – that and the scene that followed is one of the top comedic moments I’ve witnessed. I told him so when I recurred on The Odd Couple. He smiled so big I thought he’d crack his face It was beautiful,” Walter wrote via X.
Rumer Willis – Willis’ dad, Bruce Willis, worked with Perry on The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards and when Bruce appeared on season 10 of Friends.
“I’m sad to hear about Matthew Perry passing. When I was a kid and I was on Set while he and my dad were doing whole nine and whole 10 yards he was so kind and funny and sweet with my sisters and me and I think his physical Comedy and that movie still makes me laugh so much,” Rumer wrote via Instagram. “I know he had many challenges in his life and brought a lot of joy to people with his comedy. I hope he can rest peacefully.”
Mira Sorvino – “Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!! May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!! 💔 💔 💔,” Sorvino wrote via X.
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