Beloved ‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry passes away

"I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too." (1969-2023)

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Just yesterday, we would react to a “Friends” post, saying, “A few decades from now, one of the ‘Friends’ is going to no longer be with us, and our children will wonder why we’re in our rooms, clapping every twenty minutes.” I never thought it would happen this soon. He was only 54.  

The world was shaken on Saturday, Oct. 28, as we received the heartbreaking news of the passing of actor Matthew Perry, known and loved by millions as Chandler Bing from the iconic 90s TV show, “Friends.” It’s a moment that many fans had feared for years, a moment that was seemingly distant but has come far too soon.  

Matthew Perry was born Aug. 19, 1969 in Williamson, Massachusetts.

The man behind Chandler Bing

Matthew Perry, a talented actor with a knack for comedic timing, brought the character of Chandler Bing to life on the small screen. His witty one-liners, sarcastic sense of humor, and endearing awkwardness made Chandler one of the most beloved characters in television history. “Friends” wouldn’t have been the same without him, and we certainly wouldn’t have laughed as much.

Matthew Perry’s life, like many in the public eye, was not without its challenges. He candidly shared his personal struggles in his memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.” In the book, he opened up about the difficulties he faced, including his battles with substance abuse and the toll it took on his health. His honesty in addressing these issues was both courageous and inspiring.

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Courtney Cox as Monica Geller and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green on the set of “Friends” (1994). Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios

The outpouring of support from “Friends” fans around the world was a testament to the impact Chandler Bing had on their lives.

Matthew Perry faced not only the battle of addiction but also a series of health issues. One of the most serious incidents was a gastrointestinal perforation that required emergency surgery. Thankfully, he recovered from that, but it was a reminder of the fragility of life.

Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow in a promotional poster for “Friends: The Reunion” (2021). Photo courtesy of MAX

A friend to all

While we mourn the loss of Matthew Perry, it’s important to remember the legacy he leaves behind. His portrayal of Chandler Bing brought joy and laughter to countless households worldwide. His ability to tackle serious issues with humor and grace made Chandler an iconic character and Perry an actor cherished by all.

Perry’s passing reminds us that behind the laughter, the fame and the adoration of fans, there are real people with real struggles. His openness about his challenges and his efforts to overcome them serve as an inspiration to those facing similar battles.

David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Discovery

As we say goodbye to the man who brought us Chandler Bing, let us remember him not only for his on-screen brilliance but also for his resilience in the face of adversity. Matthew Perry may be gone, but the laughter he brought into our lives through Chandler Bing will live on forever. Rest in peace, Matthew Perry, you will be truly missed.

Jainam Turakhia

Jainam Turakhia has been a fan of DC for as long as he can remember, but what really tickles his inner creativity is Zack Snyder's vision for the DC Universe. From there Turakhia has traveled to a lot of destinations exploring works of other artists who make movies or write books/comics. Zack Snyder however, is always his hometown. He loves watching, and analyzing, anything and everything. Still a student from India studying Chartered Accountancy, Turakhia's passion for stories doesn't seem to end.

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