Matthew Perry's Family Speaks On His Death With Heartbreaking Message

Matthew Perry's passing was not the kind of news that the entertainment world expected to hear on the evening of October 28, 2023. So far what we've learned about Perry's untimely death is that he was found unresponsive in the jacuzzi of his Los Angeles home. The actor had spent the morning playing pickleball and then sent his assistant to run a few errands. When she returned, she quickly called the authorities to alert them that someone had gone into cardiac arrest in the home. 

While many people are mourning the 'friend' that they always felt they had in Perry's fictional character of Chandler Bing, his family is now speaking out about the actor's death. Perry always had a close bond with his "Friends" co-stars which included Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer. He also shared close ties to his family members: his father, John Bennett Perry, his mother, Suzanne Morrison, and his stepfather, journalist Keith Morrison. All three were seen arriving at the actor's home just hours after it was announced that he was found dead, per the Daily Mail.

Matthew Perry's family release a statement about his death

While the entertainment world is still trying to wrap its heads over the fact that Matthew Perry is no longer with us, the actor's family has released a statement about his death, according to People. They said, "We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother," continuing, "Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."

In addition, Warner Bros. TV also released a statement about Perry's passing on social media. Sharing a photo of Perry from his "Friends" era, the studio wrote on Instagram, "We are devastated to learn of Matthew Perry's passing. He was a true gift to us all. Our heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and all of his fans."

Matthew Perry came from a famous family

Matthew Perry's performance as Chandler Bing on "Friends" is unforgettable, but his success comes as no surprise given that talent runs in the family. His stepfather, whom he had known since he was 10 years old, Keith Morrison, might be the most famous name in his family tree, but his parents had their own success stories that seemingly set Perry on the path toward Hollywood stardom.

His father, John Bennett Perry, is an extremely accomplished film, television, and theater actor himself, scoring roles in movies like "Independence Day" and TV shows like "Magnum P.I." and of course, "Friends." Perry also inherited the gift of gab from his mother too, as she was a TV anchor in Canada and became the press secretary for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (the father of the current Prime Minister — and former classmate of Matthew Perry — Justin Trudeau). 

Matthew Perry found a second family on Friends

Matthew Perry can consider himself to be one of the lucky ones, because not only did he have a family that he was connected to by blood, but another family that he was also connected to by heart. While none of his former "Friends" castmates have spoken out about his death as of press time, Page Six says that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer have all been left devastated by the news of his death. One source even told the site, "The cast is reeling from the loss of their brother, because that's what Matty was — their brother. It's just devastating."

The last time that Aniston had posted an Instagram photo of the entire "Friends" gang together was during their reunion back in June 2021. For the squad of six, it wasn't just a cast reunion or a "Friends" reunion, but a real family reunion, too.