Fans of the late Matthew Perry have created an impromptu memorial at a site that holds special meaning for them and the actor. Following Perry’s death at 54 due to an apparent drowning, people have been laying flowers and other tokens of affection outside the New York City apartment building featured in “Friends.” This building, in Manhattan’s West Village, was the fictional home of Perry’s character, Chandler Bing.
NBC News Captures the Emotion
A video posted by NBC News showed fans gathering in numbers, laying flowers and taking photos, essentially turning the building’s exterior into a makeshift memorial. For many, it was a way to connect with Perry’s comedic legacy, to celebrate the man who had brought them so much joy through his iconic role in one of television’s most beloved series.
The Impact of Friends
Matthew Perry starred in “Friends” from 1994 to 2004 alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow. The show itself was groundbreaking for its time, and Perry’s Chandler Bing became a cultural touchstone, known for his quick wit and emotional vulnerability. The apartment building—set above the real-life Mediterranean restaurant Little Owl—featured in the show’s very first episode and remains a focal point for fans visiting New York City.
More Than Just Chandler Bing: Perry’s Broadway Venture
While Matthew Perry is best remembered for his role in “Friends,” he was a multi-talented artist. In 2017, Perry penned and starred in the Off-Broadway play “The End of Longing,” which was staged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, a mere 2-minute walk from the famous “Friends” apartment. The play showcased a different facet of Perry’s creative skillset, one that was darker and more introspective than the character that made him famous.
Matthew Perry’s Death: What We Know So Far
Matthew Perry was found dead in a Los Angeles-area home on Saturday, specifically in a jacuzzi, according to TMZ. No signs of drugs or foul play were discovered at the scene. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department informed PEOPLE that officers had responded to a call about a male in his 50s found dead, although the identity was not immediately confirmed. Warner Bros. issued a heartfelt statement expressing their grief and acknowledging Perry’s invaluable contribution to the world of comedy.
Leaving a Lasting Legacy
Warner Bros.’ statement reflects what fans around the world are feeling: “We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many.”
The gatherings at the Friends apartment, the floral tributes, and the countless social media posts from fans and co-stars alike all point to a singular truth: Matthew Perry’s impact was monumental, and he will be dearly missed.
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