Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“Friends” Star Matthew Perry Found Dead at 54, Possible Drowning in Jacuzzi, Battled Drugs, Addiction

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Matthew Perry has died at age 54.

TMZ says the “Friends” star drowned in his jacuzzi. They also say no drugs were found around him.

Perry battled many addictions, substance and otherwise. He wrote a wry, telling autobiography last year and said he’d finally overcome his demons.

During “Friends,” Perry’s weight and appearance zig zagged back and forth as he tried to film the hit show without missing an episode. He co-starred with David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow.

Perry had no success beyond “Friends” once the show was over despite some efforts. He starred in a half baked adaptation of “The Odd Couple” on TV, and wrote an off Broadway play that he also starred in. The book brought him back to the spotlight but since then not much had been heard from him.

What a shame. He was so quick witted and witty, with great comic timing. His friends obviously loved him but he could not rise above his illnesses. Watching “Friends” reruns will never be the same.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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