Tributes pour in following death of


Matthew Perry, the talented and acclaimed actor who starred as Chandler Bing on the iconic 1990s sitcom “Friends,” has died at the age of 54.

Perry died at a home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles Saturday, an LAPD watch commander confirmed to CBS Los Angeles.

Tributes poured in across social media following news of his death.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who attended elementary school with Perry, described his death as “shocking and saddening.”

“I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them,” Trudeau wrote. “Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed.”

Perry’s five “Friends” co-stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — did not speak out right away, but issued a joint statement on Monday to People magazine.

“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” their statement reads. “There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.”

“In time we will say more, as and when we are able,” they continue. “For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”

The cast of “Friends”: (front row, L-R) Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston; (back row) Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.

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Actress Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler Bing’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Janice on “Friends,” with her famous laugh, wrote Saturday night on Instagram: “What a loss. The world will miss you…The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”

Actress Paget Brewster, who also appeared in “Friends,” wrote that Perry “was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after. Please read his book. It was his legacy to help. He won’t rest in peace though.. He’s already too busy making everyone laugh up there.”

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“Friends” episode 10, “The One With the Monkey.” Pictured: (l-r) Maggie Wheeler as Janice Hosenstein, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller. 

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Gwyneth Paltrow shared memories of meeting Perry in 1993 at the Williamstown Theater Festival and spending “a magical summer” together, right before his career took off with “Friends.”

“He was so funny and so sweet and so much fun to be with,” she wrote on Instagram. “We drove out to swim in creeks, had beers in the local college bar, kissed in a field of long grass.” 

“We stayed friends for a while until we drifted apart, but I was always happy to see him when I did,” Paltrow’s post continued. “I am super sad today, as so many of us are.”

“I hope Matthew is at peace at long last. I really do.”

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who starred with Perry in the 2015 revival of “The Odd Couple” television series, wrote that “I am too sad about the news to say more than this: @mattyperry4 was a sweetheart who deserved more peace in this life. 54 is too young to go. We love you, Matty!”

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(L-R) Yvette Nicole Brown, Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon attend the SAG Foundation Conversations Series with the cast of “The Odd Couple” at the SAG Foundation Actors Center on May 19, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

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Warner Bros. Television Group, which produced “Friends,” released a statement in which it said, “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.”

Sterling Knight, who starred with Perry in the 2009 film “17 Again,” wrote that Perry “was kind, genuine, offered advice and inspired confidence. I’ll always be a little bummed that we never got to play tennis, but heaven must’ve needed some sarcasm, and he was the best.”

Mira Sorvino, who starred with Perry in the 1994’s “Parallel Lives,” posted, “Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!! May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!!”

“Such a talent,” wrote “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett of Perry. “Such a warrior. Sending love and comfort to his family and friends.”

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Matthew Perry during The Museum Of Television & Radio To Honor CBS News’s Dan Rather And Friends Producing Team at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Nov. 10, 2003. 

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Lisa Ann Walter, who also appeared alongside Perry in “The Odd Couple,” referenced his performance in the hit 2000 comedy “The Whole Nine Yards.”

“In The Whole Nine Yards – Matthew Perry runs full force into a patio door – that and the scene that followed is one of the top comedic moments I’ve witnessed,” I told him so when I recurred on The Odd Couple. He smiled so big I thought he’d crack his face.”

“My oldest boy friend,” actress Selma Blair wrote on Instagram. “All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams.”


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