Associates alum Maggie Wheeler is mourning the demise of her former costar Matthew Perry.
“What a loss. The world will miss you, Matthew Perry,” Wheeler, 62, wrote by way of Instagram on Saturday, October 28, sharing a throwback pic of the twosome filming Associates. “The enjoyment you delivered to so many in your too-short lifetime will dwell on. I really feel so very blessed by each artistic second we shared.”
Information broke earlier on Saturday that Perry had died on the age of 54. Based on the Los Angeles Instances, legislation enforcement officers responded to a name on the actor’s house in California. Upon arrival, they discovered Perry unresponsive in a jacuzzi. A explanation for demise has not been confirmed, with the newspaper reporting that cops are at the moment conducting an investigation.
Representatives for Perry didn’t instantly reply to Us Weekly’s request for remark. The L.A. coroner’s workplace confirmed Perry’s demise on Sunday.
Perry rose to fame taking part in the sarcastic Chandler Bing on NBC’s Associates, which aired for 10 seasons starting in 1994. On the sitcom, Chandler dated Wheeler’s Janice on and off through the early seasons. Chandler finally broke up with Janice by claiming he was shifting from New York Metropolis to Yemen.
Along with Perry and Wheeler, Associates additionally starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer. (Wheeler was a recurring visitor star.)
“That forged is a household. All people regarded out for one another it doesn’t matter what,” Wheeler completely instructed Us Weekly in January. “They grew to become huge celebrities collectively.”
Whereas Associates grew in reputation and made its stars family names, Perry struggled with dependancy behind the scenes. Perry even went to rehab twice, first in 1997 and once more in 2001.
“He has had struggles which were so darkish and so insufferable and he’s such a survivor to nonetheless be right here and to be out and sharing his story with the world,” Wheeler recalled to Us earlier than praising Perry for telling his story in his 2022 memoir, Associates, Lovers and the Huge Horrible Factor. “I feel it’s courageous and extraordinary and I’m sure that he’s serving to individuals by doing it.”
She continued on the time: “I misplaced my brother to drug dependancy, so I’m no stranger to how tough a journey it’s and a battle it’s. I’m so happy with Matthew and the way onerous he’s fought for his life.”
After ending Perry’s e-book, Wheeler felt “honored to learn it” and be taught extra about his experiences. “‘I actually need to write down to him and let him understand how a lot I like him,” she added to Us earlier this 12 months.