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Matthew Perry’s death treated as a ‘water rescue’ as he sadly passes away aged 54

Matthew Perry’s death treated as a ‘water rescue’ as he sadly passes away aged 54

The Friends star died on Saturday

Friends star Matthew Perry's death was treated as a 'water rescue', according to a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson.

Perry died yesterday (October 28) aged 54 of an apparent drowning after reportedly being found in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home.

NBC - which aired Friends - confirmed the tragic news in a statement.

The network wrote: "We are incredibly saddened by the too soon passing of Matthew Perry.

The Friends star passed away aged 54.

"He brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world with his pitch-perfect comedic timing and wry wit. His legacy will live on through countless generations."

Tributes have come flooding in for the actor following news of his untimely passing.

Fellow actor Selma Blair wrote: "All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day.

“I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams.”

Meanwhile, Paget Brewster, who played Chandler’s girlfriend Kathy in season four of Friends, wrote on X: “He was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after.

Selma Blair was among those paying tribute.

"Please read his book. It was his legacy to help. He won’t rest in peace though. He’s already too busy making everyone laugh up there.”

The actor shot to fame with his role of Chandler Bing in Friends, starring alongside David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow as the sitcom skyrocketed to become one of the most watched and beloved TV series of all time.

Perry reunited with his Friends co-stars in 2021 to film a highly-anticipated reunion show, where they opened up on what it was like filming the series and reflected on their experiences on the sitcom.

Matthew Perry found worldwide fame playing Chandler Bing in Friends.

The actor had also been very open about his struggles with addiction to alcohol and opioids, something he battled with his entire life.

He'd been incredibly candid about the impact addiction had on him as he released his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, participating in multiple interviews to bravely discuss the difficulties he experienced.

In an interview with The LA Times back in April, Perry opened up about his legacy and admitted that work is not the main thing he'd like to be known for.

Asked how he'd like to be remembered, he said: “As a guy who lived life, loved well, lived well, and helped people. That running into me was a good thing, and not something bad.”

There is currently no confirmed cause of death and an investigation is ongoing.

There was no apparent foul play.

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Topics: Celebrity, Friends, TV and Film, Matthew Perry