Matthew Perry's promising future came to a devastating end on October 28 when he was found dead at age 54 in a hot tub in his home. The cause of death is still unknown, but no foul play or illegal drugs were suspected. Perry, known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom Friends, had battled alcohol and drug addiction for years but had been mostly sober since 2001. He was a passionate advocate for treatment over incarceration for drug offenders and was in the process of establishing a foundation to support those suffering from substance abuse. Perry's role in Friends had captured the hearts of millions around the world.
The show, which ended in 2004, was a huge success and changed his life in every way. Perry, born in Massachusetts in 1969, grew up shuttling between his parents in Los Angeles and Ottawa. He initially trained to become a professional tennis player but turned to acting when he realized his dream was unlikely. After landing various TV roles, Perry caught the attention of the creators of Friends and was cast as Chandler Bing. Despite his success, Perry struggled with addiction throughout his career, culminating in a hospitalization for five months in 2018 after his colon burst due to opioid abuse. Despite his struggles, Perry remained determined to support others and find meaning and purpose in his life.