‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry dead at 54 from apparent drowning

“Friends” alum Matthew Perry has died at age 54.

According to TMZ, which was the first to report the news, the actor was found at his Los Angeles-area home on Saturday, where he apparently drowned.

Sources told the outlet that first responders rushed to the home on a call for a cardiac arrest.

At the time, Perry had come back from after playing pickleball for two hours. Upon arrival, he asked his assistant to run him an errand.

Two hours later, his assistant found him unresponsive in his jacuzzi before calling 911.

Foul play is not believed to have been a factor in his death. Drugs were not found on the scene either.

Matthew Perry has died at age 54.
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The “Friends” alum was found at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, where he appeared to have drowned.
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In a statement to Page Six, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that they “responded to the 1800 block of Blue Sail Rd for a death investigation on a male [at] 4:10 pm this afternoon.”

They also revealed that the male “was in his 50s,” however, they did not confirm it was the actor.

LA Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey also told us that their first responders got the 911 call at 4:07 p.m. for a “water rescue or water emergency.”

He couldn’t confirm if the body was found in a tub, pool, or hot tub, but the firefighters did not render aid. He also did not confirm the identity of the body.

Perry was reportedly found in a jacuzzi.
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Earlier this week, Perry shared an eerie post on Instagram, which showed him relaxing in an infinity pool with headphones on.

“Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman,” he captioned the post.


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Perry rose to fame playing Chandler Bing on the popular ’90s Sitcom “Friends” from 1994 to 2004.

Three years after the sitcom’s debut, Perry got into a jet ski accident that ultimately started his addiction issues, as he started to become dependent on painkillers.

The actor rose to fame playing Chandler Bing on the popular ’90s Sitcom “Friends” from 1994 to 2004.
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Last year, the “Fools Rush In” star released his shocking tell-all memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” in which he described his decades-long addiction to alcohol and drugs.
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Last year, the “Fools Rush In” actor released his shocking tell-all memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” in which he described his decades-long addiction to alcohol and drugs.

“Not only do I have the disease, but I also have it bad,” he wrote in the book, which was released in November 2022. “I have it as bad as you can have it, in fact. It’s back-to-the-wall time all the time. It’s going to kill me …


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“Robert Downey Jr., talking about his own addiction, once said, ‘It’s like I have a gun in my mouth with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the metal.’ I got it; I understand that. Even on good days, when I’m sober and I’m looking forward, it’s still with me all the time. There’s still a gun. Fortunately, I guess, there’s not enough opiates in the world to make me high anymore.”

Perry — who estimated that he spent $9 million trying to get sober — wrote that he nearly died a few years ago while he was consuming 55 Vicodin tablets and a quart of vodka per day.

Perry estimated that he spent $9 million trying to get sober.
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In more recent years, fans grew concerned about the actor, as his behavior showed that he wasn’t the same ’90s heartthrob people grew to love.

In 2019, photos emerged of Perry wandering around Los Angeles, and in 2021, he had an odd gaze and a labored speech pattern during an on-camera interview tied to the “Friends” reunion.

“I stole the cookie jar that had the clock on it,” he told People at the time, pronouncing a distinct “sh” sound at the beginning of “stole.”


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