Matthew Perry's Funeral Attended by 'Friends' Costars After Actor's Unexpected Death!
2023/12/13

The family and friends of Matthew Perry gathered together on Friday to mourn the actor's passing. The funeral service took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, which is located near Warner Bros. Studios. Many of Perry's beloved Friends costars, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer, were in attendance.

According to a source, the funeral commenced at 3 p.m. PST and concluded at 5 p.m. PST.

Perry, who was 54 years old, tragically passed away on October 28 at his Los Angeles home, with reports suggesting an apparent drowning. Law enforcement sources revealed that no drugs were found at the scene, and there were no indications of foul play.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that an autopsy has been completed, but the results are pending a toxicology report. Currently, the actor's cause of death is listed as "deferred" on an online record, as further investigation is required.

Shortly after Perry's untimely demise, his family released a statement expressing their heartbreak: "We are devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought immense joy to the world, both as an actor and friend. Your support means the world to us during this time of overwhelming love."

The Friends castmates also released a joint statement exclusively to PEOPLE, expressing their profound grief over the loss of Perry. They considered themselves not just castmates but a family. The statement emphasized that there would be time to say more in the future but, for now, their thoughts and love were with Perry's family and friends worldwide.

Before his passing, Perry, who struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, had plans to establish a foundation to aid those battling substance abuse. In memory of his commitment, the website for The Matthew Perry Foundation was launched on the same day as the funeral service. The foundation aims to honor Perry's legacy and make a difference in the lives of those facing addiction.

Perry's website features a poignant quote from an interview he gave in November 2022. He stated his desire for helping others to be his primary focus when he passes away, asserting that addiction is a formidable opponent but can be overcome together, one day at a time.

In light of this devastating loss, friends and fans are encouraged to sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay connected and informed. Furthermore, for those in need of support or assistance with substance abuse, the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP is available.

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