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‘He brought so much joy’: Family and stars pay tribute to Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry’s family have said they are “heartbroken” by his death, adding he “brought so much joy to the world”.

Perry, 54, best known for his role as Chandler Bing, was found unresponsive in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home at around 4pm on Saturday, the LA Times and TMZ reports.

Speaking to People magazine, his family said: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend.”

Members of the Friends cast have also been among those to pay tribute.

Maggie Wheeler, who played Perry’s on-screen girlfriends Janice, wrote on Instagram: “What a loss. The world will miss you, Matthew Perry.”

Perry struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and was in and out of rehab while filming the hit show.

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Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler’s mother, wrote on X: “The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock.”

She offered his condolences to his friends and family, “especially his dad”, whom she had also worked with.

American actor Paget Brewster, who played Kathy in Friends, who dated Perry and his co-star Matt LeBlanc’s character Joey, also posted about him on X.

“I’m so very sad to hear about @MatthewPerry,” she wrote.

“He was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after.”

Commenting on his struggle with addiction, she added: “Please read his book. It was his legacy to help.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who went to school with Perry, described his death as “shocking and saddening”.

“I’ll 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,” he said in a post on X.

“Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed.”

Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show Perry had previously admitted to “beating up” the politician in the playground.

Actor Selma Blair was another friend to pay her respects.

She said: “My oldest boyfriend. All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me.”

Perry’s hockey team plays theme tune before game

A lifelong ice hockey fan, Perry’s team the LA Kings paid tribute to him by playing the Friends theme tune before their game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

Teary fans were also seen laying flowers outside the famous ‘Friends apartment’ in Greenwich Village, New York.

Fans lay flowers for Matthew Perry
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Fans lay flowers for Matthew Perry outside the Friends apartment in New York

Among the other famous faces to pay their respects were Adele, actor Viola Davis and Bruce Willis’s daughter Rumer, who worked with Perry on The Whole Nine Yards.

The Friends star’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

There is no confirmed cause of death but police are investigating.

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