Friends alum Matthew Perry has died from an apparent drowning. The actor was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on Oct. 28.

The acting world has lost a Friend.

Matthew Perry has died in an apparent drowning, a rep and law enforcement source confirmed to NBC News. He was 54.

The source shared that the incident, which occurred at the Friends star’s Los Angeles home “treated as a water rescue” but noted that no foul play is suspected.

An LAPD spokesperson told E! News that officers responded to a “death investigation for a male in his fifties” that afternoon.

Authorities found the Friends alum unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times. Six days before his death, Perry shared a photo of himself sitting in a hot tub on Instagram. It was his final post.

The actor was born in Massachusetts in 1969 and raised in Canada. However, at age 15, he moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles to finish high school and pursue an acting career.

After taking on a few small parts on TV for several years, he landed his first major roles on the sitcom Boys Will Be Boys and Growing Pains before his breakout role as Chandler Bing on Friends in 1994.

The NBC sitcom, in which he starred alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer, ran for 10 seasons with Perry earning his first Emmy nomination in 2002. He received three more individual nods over the years—two for a guest role on The West Wing and one for his performance in the TNT movie The Ron Clark Story.

Following his run on Friends, Perry starred in TV comedies Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Go On, and a remake of The Odd Couple, as well as the movie The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards.

Matthew PerryMatthew Eisman/Getty Images

Throughout his life, the actor battled alcohol and drug addiction. He detailed his struggles in his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, released in November 2022.

Perry recalled undergoing a near-death experience in 2018. He said that while living in a sober living home, his colon “exploded” from years of opioid overuse and that he ended up spending two weeks in a coma and five months in a hospital. He underwent more than a dozen surgeries.

“There is a reason I’m still here,” he said in his book. “And figuring out why is the task put in front of me. And it will be revealed. There is no rush, no desperation. Just the fact that I am here, and I care about people, is the answer. Now when I wake up, I wake up curious, wondering what the world has in store for me, and I for it. And that’s enough to go on.”

An instant best-seller after its release, Perry reflected on how it resonated with fans. “People have just loved it,” the actor later told E! News in November 2022 during the GQ Men of the Year event. “I shied away from nothing and I told the truth and the biggest thing was, the goal was, to help people and I know of a lot of people already who have been helped by it.”

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Please keep reading to revisit his extraordinary life in pictures.

Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 1988
1988The Boys Will Be Boys star poses for a photo while at the Limelight in New York City.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 1990
1990 The Sydney actor takes a break while on the set of the CBS series in Los Angeles, California.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 1994
1994 The Friends star sits by the well-known fountain that serves as the backdrop for the show’s opening sequence.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 1996
1996The Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing author attends the Scream premiere in Los Angeles.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 1997
1997Perry poses while on the set of Friends as his beloved character Chandler Bing.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 2000
2000The 17 Again star attends the Los Angeles premiere of The Grinch.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 2004
2004 The actor hits the red carpet for the premiere of The Whole Ten Yards.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 2006
2006The Mr. Sunshine star attends the Entertainment Weekly and Matrix Men upfront party.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 2012
2012 The Odd Couple actor hangs out backstage at an event in celebration of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Matthew Perry, 2016
2016Perry poses for a photo while at the play The End Of Longing.
Matthew Perry, 2017
2017 The American-Canadian actor was front and center at The Circle premiere in New York City.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 2022
2022 Perry attends the 2022 GQ Men of the Year party.
Matthew Perry, Life in Photos, 2023
2023 Six months before his passing, the Almost Heroes star discussed his memoir while on stage at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival.

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