Matthew Perry died unexpectedly at the age of 54. While many stars and fans share their sadness for the “Friends” star, the search for the cause of death continues.
After the sudden death of US-Canadian actor Matthew Perry, the Los Angeles coroner’s office has carried out an autopsy but has not yet revealed the cause of death. According to People.com, the authority announced on Sunday (local time) that the result of a toxicological analysis was still pending. The “Friends” star was found dead in a hot tub at his home on Saturday afternoon (local time), US media reported. Perry was 54 years old.
There was no evidence of foul play in Perry’s death, the New York Times reported, referring to Captain Scot Williams of the Los Angeles Police Department. In his autobiography, published in 2022, the actor wrote openly about his decades-long battle with alcohol, drug and pill addiction.
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Perry’s mother, biological father and stepfather arrived at the actor’s home on Saturday evening, according to TMZ.com. In a statement on Sunday, the family commented on the “tragic loss of our beloved son and brother.” Matthew brought so much joy to the world “as an actor and as a friend,” People.com quoted from the statement.
Numerous fans and stars expressed their shock and sadness over Perry’s sudden death, including actresses Shannen Doherty (52), Selma Blair (51) and Mira Sorvino (56).
Gwyneth Paltrow (51) shared on Instagram on Sunday her memories of a romance with Perry in 1993, even before he became famous as Chandler Bing in the cult series “Friends”. “It was a magical summer,” wrote the Oscar winner. He was “so funny and so sweet.” She is now “super sad,” like so many other people.
In Los Angeles, fans gathered in front of the deceased’s house and laid flowers. In New York, fans gathered in front of the apartment building used for filming “Friends” and exchanged memories. “I just want to pay my respects,” said 26-year-old Taylor Lanthier in New York. Perry “had a very important role in my life and made me laugh endless times.”
“Friends” became Perry’s biggest success. The 90s hit revolves around the lives of a group of young friends in New York. The series was produced in the USA from 1994 to 2004 and became a television cult in countless countries. For the special program “Friends: The Reunion” in 2021, all six main actors – Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow – came together again.
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