Matthew Perry's private funeral, attended by Friends co-stars, took place in Los Angeles. The cause of his death remains uncertain, with ongoing investigations. A foundation in his honor was established to support addiction struggles.
Matthew Perry's private funeral was held in Los Angeles recently, with his Friends co-stars in attendance. The actor, known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular TV show, passed away at the age of 54 on October 28, 2023. The funeral took place at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills on November 3, and it was an intimate gathering, with only close friends and family present. All five of his fellow Friends cast members, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc, were there to bid their final farewell.
The burial site at Forest Lawn Memorial Park is also the resting place of several other Hollywood icons, including Carrie Fisher, Michael Jackson, and Elizabeth Taylor. Interestingly, it's situated near the Warner Brothers studio where Friends was filmed from 1994 to 2004, a show that catapulted Matthew Perry to stardom.
Perry's passing occurred just over a week prior when he was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence. The exact cause of death remains uncertain as further investigation is pending, with the initial autopsy results being inconclusive.
In the wake of Perry's passing, his Friends co-stars issued a heartfelt joint statement expressing their deep sorrow at the sudden loss. They emphasized the bond they shared, stating, "We were more than just cast mates. 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. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."
Matthew Perry's death came approximately a year after he released his memoir titled "Friends, Lovers, and The Big Terrible Thing." In the book, he candidly discussed his struggles with addiction to prescription painkillers and alcohol. At the time of the book's publication, Perry had revealed that he had been sober for about 18 months.
On the same day as his funeral, a foundation was established in Perry's honor to support individuals dealing with addiction. The Matthew Perry Foundation's mission, as outlined on its website, is to honor his legacy by following his words and experiences, driven by his passion for making a positive impact on as many lives as possible. The website also features a quote from Perry in which he expressed his hope to be remembered more for his efforts to help others than for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on Friends.
Notably, when authorities responded to Perry's Los Angeles residence on October 28, no drugs were found at the scene, adding to the mystery surrounding the cause of his untimely passing.