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Matthew Perry, ‘Friends’ actor, dies of apparent drowning at 54

Matthew Perry, ‘Friends’ actor, dies of apparent drowning at 54

LOS ANGELES — Matthew Perry died Saturday of an apparent drowning at his Pacific Palisades home, a representative for the actor and a law enforcement source said.

He was 54.

A 911 call came in at 4:07 p.m. local time and was treated as a water rescue, a law enforcement source said.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Brian Humphrey said first responders went to a home in Pacific Palisades based on a 911 call at 4:07 p.m. about a “water emergency” of an unknown type.

No one was taken to a hospital, he said, and Los Angeles police officers from the West L.A. Division were on the scene.

Later Saturday, two law enforcement sources said the police department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, which investigates high-profile crimes and cases involving celebrities, also responded.

The sources emphasized that the case was a death investigation with no signs of foul play.

The Los Angeles County medical examiner was expected to conduct an autopsy and may determine the cause and manner of death, they said.

More details about Perry’s death were not immediately available Saturday night.

Matthew Perry in “Friends.”Gary Null / NBC Universal

Perry was best known for his role as one of the core cast members on “Friends,” NBC’s generation X sitcom from the ’90s. He played Chandler Bing, a statistical analyst who used sarcasm and one-liners.

The show was a blockbuster, dominating prime time alongside “Seinfeld.” It ran for 10 seasons, from 1994 to 2004.

Perry also appeared in several other hits, including “Boys Will Be Boys,” “Growing Pains,” Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The West Wing” and “Scrubs.”

Raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Perry had a successful run as a top-ranked tennis player competing in Canadian juniors. He essentially left the sport to pursue acting when he moved to Los Angeles at age 15.

He joined the cast of “Friends” at age 24.

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