Matthew Perry, actor loved and known throughout the world for his role as Chandler Bing in the popular series ‘Friends’, has died at the age of 54. He was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home. The reasons for the death – as reported by the US media – are not confirmed but, according to rumors, it was a case of drowning. Perry was in fact found inside his jacuzzi and no drugs were found in the house. The alarm was raised on Saturday afternoon, when emergency services were called for a ‘man in cardiac arrest’. Shortly afterwards, around 4.10pm, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene to begin the investigation.
Matthew Perry’s career
Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in August 1969, Perry was raised in Canada. His mother was a journalist and spokesperson for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father. Perry arrived in Los Angeles when he was a teenager and had obtained some minor roles in 1987 and 1988. The turning point came in 1994 when NBC chose him for Friends. As Chandler he was present in all episodes of the 10-year series. Not an easy period for him. Success was accompanied by addiction to opioids and alcohol. Due to an accident in 1997 he was prescribed Vicodin and quickly became addicted to it, so much so that he took 55 a day. To detoxify and try to abandon alcohol he has been in treatment on more than one occasion. In his memoir ‘Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,’ Perry opened up about his battle with drugs, which added to serious health problems. In 2018 – Perry himself said – he risked dying from a gastrointestinal perforation, for which he underwent surgery and spent months in hospital.