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Matthew Perry | The street leading to Matthew Perry's house | Source: Getty Images
Matthew Perry | The street leading to Matthew Perry's house | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry Was Found by ‘Bystander’ Who Lifted His Head ‘Above the Water’ — Details

Dorcus Osongo
Oct 31, 2023
09:45 A.M.
  • Matthew Perry died in his Los Angeles home at the age of 54.
  • A bystander found him in his jacuzzi and lifted his head above the water.
  • Perry's co-stars on "Friends" have spoken out after the death of the iconic actor.
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Matthew Perry's file photo dated January 30, 1999 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry's file photo dated January 30, 1999 | Source: Getty Images

Further details are trickling on Matthew Perry's death. The actor died on October 28, 2023, at his home in Los Angeles. Perry, who was aged 54 at the time of death, starred as Chandler Bing on the beloved sitcom "Friends."

Law enforcement sources said Perry died of an apparent drowning and that foul play has been ruled out.

In his years alive, the actor graced people's screens in productions such as "Almost Heroes," "17 Again," "Fools Rush In," and "Serving Sara."

Matthew Perry is seen in Los Angeles, California, on October 27, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry is seen in Los Angeles, California, on October 27, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

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A teenage neighbor of Perry said he and his younger siblings saw "too much" as the scene of Perry's death. The 17-year-old remembered seeing the ambulance showing up but not thinking much of it until the police started arriving.

A screen grab from an AFPTV video shows where police officers taped off the street leading to Matthew Perry's house, where he was found dead on October 28, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

A screen grab from an AFPTV video shows where police officers taped off the street leading to Matthew Perry's house, where he was found dead on October 28, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

The teenager, his siblings, and some neighbors could see over Perry's back fence as the events unfolded. He said what he saw was "very disturbing and very sad." The teenager went ahead to say he was heartbroken by Perry's death because he met him once and found him to be a nice, genuine, and friendly guy.

The actor's co-stars said they were totally devastated by the loss of Perry.

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of “Friends” on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on the set of “Friends” on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

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A spokesperson of the Los Angeles Fire Department shared a statement with CNN. The statement revealed that emergency responders had found Perry unconscious in his stand-alone jacuzzi. "A bystander had brought the man's head above the water," the statement continued.

Matthew Perry.as Chandler Bing on the set of “Friends” on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry.as Chandler Bing on the set of “Friends” on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

This person then got Perry to the end of the jacuzzi, and when the firefighters arrived, they took him out of the water. However, as per a quick medical assessment conducted, Perry was dead before first responders got to the scene. The Los Angeles authorities said the set of conditions surrounding the actor's death are under investigation.

Matthew Perry.as Chandler Bing on the set of “Friends” on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry.as Chandler Bing on the set of “Friends” on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

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An autopsy is being conducted, and toxicology reports are being awaited to determine the cause of the actor's death. Meanwhile, Perry's family, including his mom, Suzanne Morrison, his dad, John Bennett Perry, and his stepfather, Keith Morrison, went to the house where the actor died.

People gather to place flowers in front of the building known as the "Friends apartment" following the death of Matthew Perry, known for his role as "Chandler Bing" in the TV series "Friends," in New York City on October 30, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

People gather to place flowers in front of the building known as the "Friends apartment" following the death of Matthew Perry, known for his role as "Chandler Bing" in the TV series "Friends," in New York City on October 30, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

After Perry's parents divorced when he was young, his mother married Morrison in 1981. The actor stayed in touch with his biological dad. Still, in his memoir "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing," Perry wrote about how he grew up and the difficulties he endured as a child of divorced parents. The movie star's co-stars have also spoken out after his death.

Flowers and other objects are seen outside the house of Matthew Perry one day after he died in Los Angeles, California, on October 29, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

Flowers and other objects are seen outside the house of Matthew Perry one day after he died in Los Angeles, California, on October 29, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

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Perry's 'Friends' Co-stars' Statement

Perry's co-stars on "Friends" have paid tribute to the actor. David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc issued a joint statement to People magazine.

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Matt Leblanc as Joey Tribbiani on the set of "Friends" on March 7, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Matt Leblanc as Joey Tribbiani on the set of "Friends" on March 7, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

The actor's co-stars said they were totally devastated by the loss of Perry. "We were more than just cast mates. We were a family," they wrote.

They have a lot to say, but choose to take a moment to grieve their castmate and process his unfathomable death.

Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, and Matthew Perry are shown in a scene from the NBC series "Friends" in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, and Matthew Perry are shown in a scene from the NBC series "Friends" in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Perry's family on "Friends" added that they will say more when they are able to. However, they sent their thoughts and love to Perry's family, his friends, and everyone else globally who loved the phenomenal actor.

A view of the building known as the "Friends apartment" in a shot taken following the death of Matthew Perry | Source: Getty Images

A view of the building known as the "Friends apartment" in a shot taken following the death of Matthew Perry | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green on the set of "Friends" on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green on the set of "Friends" on May 29, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

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Perry had a deep love for his co-stars, too. During the "Friends: The Reunion" in 2021, he shared that when the show was over, if one of the cast members bumped into the other at a party or a social gathering, they would leave whoever they were with and hang out the whole time.

Floral tributes are left for Matthew Perry outside the apartment building, which was used as the exterior shot in the TV show "Friends" in New York on October 29, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

Floral tributes are left for Matthew Perry outside the apartment building, which was used as the exterior shot in the TV show "Friends" in New York on October 29, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

The movie star added that they would apologize to their current company, but these people had to understand they had met someone special and they were going to spend the rest of the night talking to them.

Matthew Perry at the GQ Men of the Year Party in West Hollywood, California, on November 17, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry at the GQ Men of the Year Party in West Hollywood, California, on November 17, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Perry's family, friends, and fans are devastated by his loss. They have described him as a brilliant actor who brought joy to many people in the time he was alive. Now, Perry's time on Earth is over, but his brilliance and charm remain to be seen for a long time on the big screens.

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