Matthew Perry, the actor who played the character Chandler Bing in the 1990s cult series Friends, died on Saturday 28 October at the age of 54.
The actor was found dead in his home in Pacific Palisades, California. The causes of death have not yet been disclosed, but according to American media it was a case of drowning.
Perry was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1969. He began his career as a stage actor, before moving to film and television. His most famous role was that of Chandler Bing in Friends, a series that made him an international star.
Perry has had a long battle with alcohol and drug addiction. In 2013 he revealed that he had a period of opioid addiction, which led to him losing control of his life.
In 2021 he participated in the Friends reunion, reuniting with colleagues Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.
The death of Matthew Perry has sparked great grief in the entertainment world and among his fans.
A legacy of laughter and love
Matthew Perry left a legacy of laughter and love. His character of Chandler Bing has made millions of people laugh around the world, and his story of rebirth is an inspiration to all those struggling with addiction.
Perry will be remembered as one of the greatest comedians of his generation, and his smile and laugh will remain in the hearts of all who knew him.