Friends’ Actor Matthew Perry Found Dead in Hot Tub, Biography Reveals Stark Statement

Matthew Perry, famous for his role as Chandler Bing on the TV series Friends, has passed away at the age of 54. His death occurred on Saturday at 4:00 PM in Los Angeles, according to Indian Standard Time (4:30 AM on Sunday local time). Perry was renowned as one of the world’s best comedy actors.

Authorities have reported that there were no drugs found at his home, and there is no suspicion of foul play regarding his death. The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an investigation into his passing, and the true cause will be revealed after a post-mortem examination.

Matthew Perry’s struggle with drugs and alcohol was no secret. In 2022, he openly wrote in his biography that he had struggled with drugs and alcohol so much that he had tied his life to his addiction to continue living. If he were to die, he wanted it to be a wake-up call to no one else.

Matthew Perry’s Popularity as Chandler Bing

From 1994 to 2004, Friends was broadcast for ten years, and Matthew Perry played the iconic character of Chandler Bing. This role earned him a lot of popularity, and he received an Emmy nomination for it in 2002. Apart from Friends, Matthew Perry also appeared in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Go On, and The Odd Couple. He was nominated for an Emmy twice in 2003 and 2004 for his role in The West Wing.

Perry earned a significant income from Friends, making around 8.34 crore rupees per episode towards the end of the series in its later seasons. This was due to the increasing popularity of the show every year. This made all six cast members among the highest-paid television actors ever.

A Clash with Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau

In 2017, Matthew Perry claimed on Jimmy Kimmel’s show that he had beaten up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when they attended the same elementary school. Matthew said he went to school with Trudeau, and they crossed paths when he was at a field trip. He then claimed that he had beaten up the future Prime Minister of Canada.

However, he later clarified that it was meant as a joke. Perry tweeted on April 1st that he doesn’t remember the incident. In response, Perry tweeted, “I’m not bragging about it, I’m just explaining that I think he was the only person I have a semi-vivid memory of,” insinuating that the claim might not be true.

Matthew Perry and Justin Trudeau attended the same school, and their mothers both worked there. Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, was the Prime Minister of Canada at that time, and Matthew Perry’s mother, Suzanne Morrison, was the press secretary for Pierre Trudeau.

Perry’s Struggle with Addiction

Matthew Perry faced a long battle with addiction throughout his life. His addiction struggles grew alongside the success of his friends, and he couldn’t even remember some of the shooting of Friends due to his addiction. He had talked about it often.

In 2022, he wrote in his biography, “Friends, Lovers, and The Big Terrible Thing,” that he had been under the influence of drugs and alcohol for so many years that he had a 2% chance of surviving his colon rupture in 2008. He mentioned that he thought if he were to die, it might be a wake-up call for someone else. He hoped that people would relate to his story and realize that this disease can affect anyone.

He also stated in his autobiography that he was afraid to live because he was scared of sobriety, as he had tied his existence to his addiction for so long. In his own words, he said, “I’ve thought if I die, nobody will be sober.” His struggle was significant and well-documented.

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