Emmy-Nominated “Friends” Actor Matthew Perry Dies at 54

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Matthew Perry at "The Circle" film screening at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock (8660370z)

Matthew Perry, who became one of the biggest sitcom stars of the ’90s thanks to the role of Chandler Bing in Friends, died at the age of 54. Perry is mourned by his fans and Hollywood pears after leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry over the course of the past four decades.

The news of Perry’s death took the world by storm after he suffered an apparent drowning in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home on October 28. His family released an official statement saying they’re heartbroken by this tragic loss and thanked his fans for “the tremendous outpouring of love” following the news of his passing.

Perry was just 10 when he landed his first role, but he became a household name thanks to the hit sitcom Friends. He was part of the show’s leading ensemble, which also included Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow.

The show’s official media accounts released a statement following his death, which reads, “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.”

In addition to starring in Friends, Perry also led TV shows Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Odd Couple, scored two additional Emmy nods for guest starring on The West Wing, and appeared in such films as The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again, and The Ron Clark Story.