Friends, family, and millions of fans from every corner of Earth are mourning the tragic passing of Matthew Perry.
The actor who played the role of Chandler Bing in the all-time favorite TV show Friends was found unresponsive in the hot tub of his LA home on October 28.
Reportedly, Perry drowned, but no official cause of death has been revealed. What is known is that no drugs of any kind were found at the scene and that no foul play is suspected.
Allegedly, the person who called 911 and asked for help was Perry’s personal assistant of seven year, a woman he referred to as Erin in his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.
He and Erin met at the rehab facility where she worked when he was getting help for his addictions. He asked her to quit her job and work for him and she agreed.
According to reports, she was running errands for the actor on the day he died and she was the one who found his lifeless body when she returned to his house.
Prior to his sudden passing, Perry, who was an avid player of pickleball, a mash-up of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. He played the sport every day, sometimes even twice, and on the day he died, he seemed unusually exhausted, his pickleball partner reported.
Perry’s pickleball coach, Matt Manasse, described the late actor as “caring, genuine and totally real.”
“Matthew was a caring, genuine, and totally real guy. He wanted to help everyone around him, and you were in a better mood when you saw him or he called you. Seeing him happy to play and compete on a pickleball court was incredible because he always made everyone else laugh—it was only right we returned the favour,” Manasse said.
“I’ll miss the stories he would tell about his life and career. You wouldn’t want to miss a word. He cared so deeply for his family and friends—sending prayers to everyone he touched so deeply. Matthew was real. Of course, he was insanely talented, but there was something special about him other than that. He cared about everyone in a way that you don’t see.”
One of Perry’s neighbors, a 17-year-old teenage boy, spoke to The Sun and said he saw the events following Perry’s passing unfold before his and his siblings’ eyes.
“It was very disturbing (…) I saw everything. I feel bad for my younger siblings. I was very sad. At the same time, I did kind of expect it in some sense, but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. He’d not lived there long,” he said, and added he saw the ambulance arrive and he then saw the police surrounding Perry’s house.
The teenager added that he once met Perry and that he was even friendlier than he seemed.
Perry will always be remembered as a genuine person who was always there for anyone in need of help. Sadly, the only person he couldn’t help was himself.
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