Matthew Perry, the actor we all came to adore, and learn wit and sarcasm from, for his most recognised performance as Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends, has passed away at the age of 54. He was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on the Oct. 28.
His noteworthy career has led him to receive the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, alongside Primetime Emmy Award nominations, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for both in performance and memoir, a Golden Globe Award, and a Kid’s, Teen, and People’s Choice Award. Despite all of his success on Friends, and his public journey to sobriety to raise awareness for it, he wanted his greatest legacy to be “to help people stay and get sober,” as he mentioned himself in his memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.” He will definitely be remembered for his heart.
“I am me. And that should be enough, it always has been enough. I was the one who didn’t get that. And now I do. I’m an actor, I’m a writer. I’m a person. And a good one at that. I want good things for myself, and others, and I can continue to work for these things. There is a reason I’m still here. And figuring out why is the task that has been put in front of me. And it will be revealed. There is no rush, no desperation. Just the fact that I am here, and I care about people, is the answer. Now when I wake up, I wake up curious, wondering what the world has in store for me, and I for it. And that’s enough to go on.”
― Matthew Perry, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing
Though we are yet to hear individual statements from Perry’s co-stars on Friends, Jennifer Anniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlance, and David Schwimmer, have released a joint statement, originally obtained by PEOPLE
. The relationship they shared on screen as their characters reflects their real life relationship with each other as they collectively claimed, “We were more than just castmates. We are a family,” and closed their statement with, “In time we will say more, as and when we are able.” I think I speak for everyone when I say that our love and prayers go out to them as well as Perry’s family. We will leave them to mourn before they share their stories and memories with him.
The latest we have heard and seen of the Friends main cast are the five actors gathering together on Friday, Nov. 3, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Perry’s final resting place, to say their goodbyes alongside his family and close friends at a private funeral.
He will forever be remembered. May his soul rest in peace.
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