Matthew Perry, ‘Friends’ actor dies at 54

Perry became one of the world’s most recognised actors for his role in Friends [File: Carlo Allegri/Reuters]

Matthew Perry, the renowned actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the iconic TV show “Friends,” has passed away at the age of 54. Perry’s portrayal of the sarcastic and wisecracking character made him one of the world’s most recognized actors during the show’s successful 10-season run from 1994 to 2004.

The news of his untimely death was met with shock and sorrow, with Warner Bros TV, the production company behind “Friends,” expressing their devastation and extending their condolences to Perry’s family, loved ones, and devoted fans. Perry’s comedic genius, showcased through his character in the series, has left a lasting legacy in the hearts of many.

Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice, Chandler Bing’s on-and-off girlfriend in “Friends,” was among the first of Perry’s co-stars to publicly respond to his passing. She expressed her gratitude for the creative moments they shared through an Instagram post.

In addition to his role on “Friends,” Perry had a successful film career, starring in movies like “Fools Rush In” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” However, he also openly discussed his struggles with addiction and sought treatment for issues related to painkillers and alcohol. In his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry recounted a harrowing experience, a five-month hospitalization in 2018, stemming from a colon rupture, which he described as a life-threatening situation with only a 2 percent chance of survival.