Actor Matthew Perry drowns in hot tub

LOS ANGELES, CA – The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Matthew Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the iconic sitcom “Friends.” Perry, 54, was found deceased in a hot tub at his Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles. The initial findings suggest that Perry’s death was due to drowning.

The emergency services were first called to Perry’s residence following a report of a possible cardiac arrest. A thorough search of the scene revealed no presence of drugs, and no signs of foul play have been identified. The case is currently under the purview of the Los Angeles Police Department’s robbery-homicide detectives.

Perry, a Massachusetts native born on August 19, 1969, spent his formative years in Canada before making his way to Los Angeles. He rose to fame with his role in “Friends,” which aired for a decade from 1994 to 2004.

Aside from his iconic role in “Friends,” Perry had a prolific acting career, with leading roles in films such as “Fools Rush In,” “17 Again,” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” His television appearances were equally diverse, including shows like “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Mr. Sunshine,” “Go On,” and “The Odd Couple.”

In 2021, Perry joined his “Friends” co-stars for a reunion special on HBO, marking the first time the main cast had appeared together on-screen since the show’s finale in 2004. Despite the passage of time, Perry had always maintained that the cast’s off-screen bonds remained strong.

Perry, who had publicly battled with addiction, published a memoir in November 2022, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” In it, he shared his experiences on “Friends” and his struggles with substance abuse.