Friends alum Maggie Wheeler mourns the loss of her former co-star Matthew Perry.
“What a loss. The world will miss you, Matthew Perry,” Wheeler, 62, wrote via Instagram on Saturday, October 28th, a throwback photo from the two of them filming Friends. “The joy you brought to so many in your too-short life will live on. I feel so blessed by every creative moment we shared.”
Earlier on Saturday it was announced that Perry had died at the age of 54 Los Angeles Times, law enforcement officers responded to a call at the actor’s home in California. When they arrived, they found Perry lifeless in a hot tub. A cause of death could not be confirmed, but the newspaper reported that police are currently investigating.
Representatives for Perry did not immediately respond Us weeklyPlease comment. The Los Angeles coroner’s office confirmed Perry’s death on Sunday.
Perry rose to fame playing the sarcastic Chandler Bing on NBC Friendswhich aired for ten seasons starting in 1994. In the sitcom Chandler dated Wheeler’s Janice off and on in the early seasons. Chandler eventually broke up with Janice by claiming he was moving from New York City to Yemen.
Next to Perry and Wheeler Friends also played along Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc And David Schwimmer. (Wheeler was a recurring guest star.)
“This cast is a family. “Everyone looked out for each other no matter what,” Wheeler said exclusively Us weekly in January. “Together they became huge celebrities.”
While Friends While Perry grew in popularity and made his stars household names, behind the scenes he struggled with addiction. Perry even went to rehab twice, first in 1997 and again in 2001.
“He’s had struggles that were so dark and so unbearable, and he’s such a survivor that he’s still here and out and sharing his story with the world,” Wheeler recalled Us before praising Perry for telling his story in his 2022 memoir, Friends, lovers and the big terrible thing. “I think it’s brave and extraordinary and I’m sure he’s helping people with it.”
She continued at the time: “I lost my brother to drug addiction, so I am no stranger to the difficulty of the journey and struggle. I’m so proud of Matthew and how hard he fought for his life.”
After completing Perry’s book, Wheeler was “honored to read it” and learn more about his experiences. “I really need to write to him and tell him how much I love him,” she added Us earlier this year.