US media has reported the unfortunate demise of Matthew Perry, celebrated for his role in the acclaimed TV sitcom “Friends,” at his residence on Saturday. He was 54 years old.
The Los Angeles Times, citing law enforcement sources, reported that first responders found Perry in an unconscious state in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence, but their efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
According to anonymous sources cited by both the LA Times and TMZ, the first outlets to break the news, there were no signs of foul play.
Best known for his portrayal of the humorous Chandler Bing, Perry achieved fame through his role in the widely beloved NBC series “Friends,” which enjoyed a 10-season run from 1994 to 2004.
Perry had been grappling with addiction to painkillers and alcohol for years, seeking treatment at rehabilitation facilities multiple times.
His recently published memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” recounted Perry’s journey of undergoing detox 65 times and spending close to $9 million in his quest for sobriety.
Perry’s drug usage led to severe health issues, notably a burst colon in 2018, which necessitated a seven-hour surgery and the use of a colostomy bag for several months thereafter.
According to the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement sources have indicated that Perry died on Saturday in what seems to be a drowning accident at his Los Angeles residence.
‘We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family,’ Warner Bros. Television Group said in a statement to CNN.
‘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.’
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey told CNN that at 4:07 p.m., a 911 call was placed for a water rescue emergency, with the specific location of the incident unspecified.