The Death of Emmy-nominated actor and “Friends” alum Matthew Perry Fans and Hollywood alike were devastated after police confirmed his death on Saturday.
Perry, beloved for his portrayal of the sarcastic Chandler Bing on the hit NBC ’90s sitcom “Friends,” stopped responding Saturday. In connection with the death of the 54-year-old actor, the first responders received an emergency call for water rescue.
No foul play was suspected.
Actors and studios posted tributes to Perry, 54, as news of his death spread throughout the industry. Warner Bros. Television Group, which produced “Friends,” released a statement calling the five-time Emmy nominee a “comedic genius.”
“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry,” the studio said in a statement. “Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family.” The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day and we send our love to his family, his loved ones and all his loyal fans.”
“Friends” aired on NBC from 1994 until its final season in 2004.
“We are incredibly saddened by the untimely death of Matthew Perry. He has brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world with his pitch-perfect comedic timing and wry wit.” NBC said in a statement. “His legacy will live on for countless generations.”
Childhood classmate and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also posted a tribute.
“I will never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world will never forget the joy he brought them,” Trudeau wrote. “Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and we will miss you.”
Perry’s mother was press secretary to Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, during his time as prime minister.
In Las Vegas on Saturday night, Adele took a break to talk about Perry during her show.
“I just want to say how much I love what he did for us,” she said to the cheering crowd.
Saturday Night Live also featured a tribute card for Perry, who hosted the show in 1997. He appeared in a sketch playing Matt LeBlanc’s character Joey and Colin Quinn Chandler.
Below are reactions and condolences from Hollywood studios and stars.