Matthew Perry's family and Friends creators release statements following his death

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Matthew Perry's family and the creators of Friends have released statements following the actor's death, aged 54.

It was reported that Perry had passed away yesterday (October 28), by the LA Times and TMZ; he was found unresponsive at his California home.

Perry's family has released a statement to People following the tragic incident.

"We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother," the statement reads. "Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend."

The statement ended by addressing Perry's fans: "You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."

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Perry was most famous for appearing as the sarcastic, wise-cracking Chandler Bing in the long-running sitcom Friends alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.

The creators of the programme, which ran for 236 episodes over ten seasons from 1994 to 2004, have also released a statement.

David Crane and Marta Kauffman, along with series executive producer Kevin Bright, said:

"We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives.

"He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliché to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words."

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The statement continued: "From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us.

"We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment - not just to his work, but in life as well.

"He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart.

"We send all of our love to his family and friends. This truly is The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken."

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