Matthew Perry tragically passed away this week after being found dead at his home in Los Angeles.
At 4.07pm local time in Los Angeles, LAPD officers responded to a 911 call at the actor's home. According to The LA Times and TMZ, Perry died by drowning in a hot tub or jacuzzi.
There was no foul play involved.
The news comes as a devastating blow to his family, friends and the millions of fans Friends, one of the greatest sitcoms in history.
Perry became a comedy legend thanks to his role as the sharp-witted Chandler Bing, who became a generational character. His memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, was released towards the end of last year.
In it, he detailed his troubles with drug addiction, alcoholism and depression.
“We are all utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just castmates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss," the statement read.
"In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”
Six friends; Monica, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe live their lives in the backdrop of New York City. Over 10 seasons, we see how the six find love, find happiness and find success in their careers while always maintaining their close friendships.
Matthew Perry tribute
In another statement, Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane and executive producer Kevin Bright paid tribute to Perry:
"We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives.
"He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliche to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words. From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us. We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment – not just to his work, but in life as well. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart.
"We send all of our love to his family and friends. This truly is The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken."