Matthew Perry has died, aged 54 – and the world has lost one of its great comic icons.
The Friendsstar earned himself an international cult following thanks to his sarcastic quips and heart-melting smile as fan-favourite Chandler Bing.
His death was confirmed in the early hours of Sunday, after he drowned in a jacuzzi at his LA home, according to US outlets.
Police sources told TMZ that first responders rushed to the house after receiving a call reporting a cardiac arrest. The sources said no drugs were found at the scene and no foul play was suspected.
Since the tragic news broke, heartbroken tributes to the beloved actor have poured in on social media, from colleagues and admirers alike.
Here’s a look at just some of the endless words of grief and adoration for the “troubled” but cherished sitcom legend:
RIP Matthew Perry, 54. \nThe Friends star was a great actor, but by his own admission, a very tormented guy. His recent autobiography about his addiction-ravaged life was one of the most powerful, honest and revealing I\u2019ve ever read. Such sad news.
\u201cThe One Where We All Lost A Friend\u201d\n\ud83d\udc94\ud83d\udc94\n#MatthewPerry
#MatthewPerry\nrest in peace Matthew Perry you will always be remembered
\u201cI would like to be remember as somebody who lived well, loved well, was a seeker and his paramount thing is that he wants to help people\u201d \n- Matthew Perry \ud83d\udd4a\ufe0f
The One Where All Our Hearts Are Broken \ud83d\udc94\ud83d\udc94\n\nTo borrow Janice's saddest line - "Goodbye, Chandler Bing" \ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\n\nMatthew Perry, 1969 - 2023
Yes Matty, you will be missed. \n\nOn days we open Netflix to watch \u201csomething else\u201d and still end up watching friends, \n\nOn days we have a bad day and need a friend, \n\nOn days we just want to turn back the clock \u2018cause we are feeling old\n\nRIP #MatthewPerry
Watching FRIENDS will never be the same again \ud83d\udc94\n\n#MatthewPerry
We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry\u2019s passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans.
I forgot Matthew Perry was the last one who arrived at the reunion. \ud83d\udc94 if everyone is heartbroken, I can't imagine how Jennifer, Courteney, Lisa, David, and Matt are.
Friends co-stars Maggie Wheeler and Morgan Fairchild were among the first celebrity voices to share their devastation at the news.
Wheeler, who played Perry’s on-off girlfriend Janice Hosenstein during the early series of the TV show and often appeared to perform her catchphrase “Oh! My! God!”, paid tribute to Perry on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Fairchild, who played Perry’s on-screen mother and erotic novel writer Nora Bing, said on Twitter/x:
I\u2019m heartbroken about the untimely death of my \u201cson\u201d, Matthew Perry. The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. I\u2019m sending love & condolences to his friends & family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Flamingo Road & Falcon Crest. #RIPMatthew
Perry, who was nominated for an Emmy for his role in Friends, starred alongside Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox – who played Perry’s on-screen wife Monica Geller.
The actors reunited on screen for the first time in 2021 after the show ended its celebrated 10-year run in 2004, having become a pop culture phenomenon.
Perry’s other notable TV work includes the short-lived Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, while he also starred in several films, including Fools Rush In, opposite Salma Hayek and his father John.
US actress Mira Sorvino, who starred alongside Perry in 1994 film Parallel Lives, said on Twitter/X: “Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!!
“May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!!”
While Legally Blonde star Selma Blair described Perry as her “oldest boy friend”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also paid tribute to Perry after attending the same school:
Matthew Perry\u2019s passing is shocking and saddening. I\u2019ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them. Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved \u2013 and you will be missed.
Perry was one of the most familiar faces on television during the 10 series of Friends.
In a statement Warner Bros, the entertainment company which made Friends, said: “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 of his devoted fans.”
During his time on the show, Perry struggled with addiction and anxiety which he described in his memoir 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing' which was published in 2022.