Matthew Perry, a beloved actor known for his role as Chandler Bing in the classic ’90s sitcom “Friends,” died on Saturday at age 54.
Law enforcement officials told TMZ that the actor was found dead in his jacuzzi at his home in Los Angeles from what appears to be a drowning incident. Authorities responded to the actor’s house at 4 p.m., where he was found unresponsive, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Capt. Scot Williams of the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the death, per The New York Times. He said the cause of death was yet to be determined.
“We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry’s passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans,” Warner Bros., the studio behind “Friends,” said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.
Perry’s team did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Officials said that no drugs were found on scene and there were no signs of foul play. Perry has been open about his decades-long struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, including while filming “Friends.”
Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and raised in Ottawa, Canada. He later moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and landed a few TV appearances, including in “Boys Will Be Boys,” “Growing Pains” and “Sydney,” before making his big break in the Emmy-nominated show “Friends,” which was about a close-knit group of friends living in New York City and navigating adulthood.
In 1994, he portrayed the sarcastic but beloved character Chandler Bing, who lived with his best friend Joey (Matt LeBlanc) across the hall from his best friend’s sister — and later, wife — Monica (Courtney Cox).
He starred alongside big-name actors Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox during the show’s 10-season run. The show was a major success, even years after it ended in 2004, garnering love and attention from fans across different generations.
Fans lauded the characters and the humorous, fun dynamic between the cast members, who came together in 2021 for “Friends: The Reunion” to talk about the show, their favorite memories, the emotional finale and the lasting bond that formed between them.
During the reunion, Perry spoke about how he didn’t remember filming seasons 3 through 6 because he had been struggling with substance abuse. He opened up about his yearslong addiction struggles in 2013, People reported.
“I had a big problem with alcohol and pills and I couldn’t stop. Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew,” he said. Perry went to rehab twice and opened up a sober living center called the Perry House.
In November 2022, Perry wrote a memoir called “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which details his experiences filming the hit show.
“‘Friends’ had been a safe place, a touchstone of calm for me; it had given me a reason to get out of bed every morning, and it had also given me a reason to take it just a little bit easier the night before,” Perry wrote in the memoir, according to Business Insider.
“It was the time of our lives. It was like we got some new piece of amazing news every day. Even I knew only a madman (which in many moments I had been nonetheless) would screw up a job like that.”
After “Friends” ended, Perry continued acting in shows such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Odd Couple,” and films such as “17 Again.” In 2016, he also wrote and starred in a London play called “The End of Longing.”