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Actor Matthew Perry, ‘Friends’ Star Dies At Age 54

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According to media sources, actor Matthew Perry, who gained popularity for portraying Chandler Bing on the popular television series “Friends”, is dead. His age was fifty-four.

The Los Angeles Times, celebrity website TMZ, and other reports state that Perry was discovered dead at his Los Angeles home on Saturday after what seemed to be a drowning.

When the AP asked LAPD Officer Drake Madison to confirm the police reaction to the address that was listed as Perry’s residence, Madison said that the officers had gone to the block “for a death investigation of a male in his 50s.”

At the age of 24, Perry was cast in the comedy Friends, which catapulted him to stardom. Throughout the whole ten-season run of the sitcom, he played Chandler, a sardonic yet amiable commitment-phobe who eventually fell in love with the Type-A Monica Geller (Courteney Cox).

“I loved Chandler, I loved the show, and I also knew: Remember this, because it’s going to be the best time of your life,” Perry said in an ABC News Nightline interview with Diane Sawyer last year.

Behind the scenes, though, Perry battled addiction. In his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, which was released last year, he talked candidly about his decades-long, compulsive use of booze and drugs. He described his harrowing battle with drug usage and the health issues it caused in the book, which he dedicated to other addicts: He claimed to have undergone 14 surgeries, spent half of his life in therapy, and gone through an estimated 65 detoxifications.

“Whenever I bumped into something that I didn’t really want to share, I would think of the people that I would be helping, and it would keep me going,” the actor told The New York Times last year.

Perry talked about his unhealthy relationship with his work and how he tried to hide his addiction while he was on site.

“I felt like I was gonna die if the live audience didn’t laugh, and that’s not healthy for sure,” Perry wrote in the memoir. “But I could sometimes say a line and the audience wouldn’t laugh and I would sweat and sometimes go into convulsions. If I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to get I would freak out. I felt that every single night. This pressure left me in a bad place. I also knew of the six people making that show, only one of them was sick.”

In the Nightline episode, friend and co-star Lisa Kudrow was reported as stating, “Matthew Perry was always the one trying to keep everyone else happy.”

Perry’s pivotal performance as associate White House counsel on The West Wing earned him two further Emmy nominations in addition to his Friends nomination.

In addition, Perry starred in a number of movies, including The Whole Nine Yards, Fools Rush In, 17 Again, and the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

The actor, who was born in Massachusetts, spent his childhood moving about Canada, frequently between the houses of his divorced parents in Montreal and Los Angeles. He rose to national prominence as a junior tennis player in Canada.

According to the Times, the actor took up pickleball later in life and even had a court constructed at his new Pacific Palisades house.

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