According to TMZ, Friends star Matthew Perry has passed away at the age of 54 after an apparent drowning at a Los Angeles home.
Law enforcement was reportedly called to the home for a cardiac arrest, where Perry was found in a jacuzzi. No drugs were found at the scene, and foul play is not suspected.
Perry is best known for his role as Chandler Bing in Friends, appearing in all 234 episodes throughout the series’ 10-season run. The character was best known for his catchphrase “Could that BE any more…” and for his relationship and marriage with love interest Monica Geller, played by Courteney Cox.
In addition to his work on Friends, Perry is also known for his work on the CBS series The Odd Couple, as well as appearances in shows like The Good Wife, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine and Go On. He also appeared in movies like The Whole Nine Yards, Fools Rush In and Three to Tango.
Perry was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts before being raised in Canada after his parents divorced. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15 to pursue an acting career, attending the prestigious Buckley School in LA.
Speaking on the success of Friends, Perry said the fame that the show brought him was something that he desparately wanted:
“There was steam coming out of my ears, I wanted to be famous so badly.You want the attention, you want the bucks, and you want the best seat in the restaurant.”
After leaving the show, Perry opened up about his struggles with addiction, which caused his weight to fluctuate greatly while on Friends:
Perry was eventually able to kick his addiction, though he also dealt with several health issues over the years, including a gastrointestinal perforation which required him to undergo emergency surgery in 2018.
Earlier this week, Perry shared what turned out to be an eery final photo on his Instagram, showing the actor relaxing in an infinity pool.