The family of Matthew Perry speaks out after his death at age 54


The family of Matthew Perry are speaking out after the actor died by an apparent drowning at his home at age 54 on Saturday.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Perry’s family said they are “heartbroken” by his “tragic” death. The statement read: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. 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.” Matthew was raised by his father, John Bennett Perry, mother, Suzanne Morrison, and stepfather, Dateline journalist Keith Morrison.

Perry was found dead at his home in the Los Angeles-area home, with TMZ reporting that Perry was found in a jacuzzi at the residence. First responders were called to the residence for cardiac arrest, and no drugs were found at the scene and no foul play was reported. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department later shared that officers responded to a call at Perry’s address regarding the death of a male in his 50s, though authorities would not confirm the deceased’s identity.

Warner Bros. TV, which produced Friends, said in a statement about the beloved actor: “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. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”

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