Early on October 29, just hours after the late actor Matthew Perry's death was announced, 'Saturday Night Live' broadcast a card in his honour. An official for the actor and law enforcement confirmed to News on Saturday that the 'Friends' star, 54, was discovered dead on October 28 at his residence following what seemed to be a drowning. The police do not believe foul play had a role in his death.
Just before the closing curtain call of the program, a black-and-white card featuring comic Nate Bargatze made a screen appearance, capping out the Oct. 28 'SNL' episode.
Mathew Perry's Death!
'We are very grieved by Matthew Perry's untimely demise. His caustic wit and impeccable comic timing delighted hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Numerous generations will be able to benefit from his legacy,' it said.
On October 4, 1997, more than 26 years ago, Perry presented the sketch comedy show. His renowned tenure as the sardonic and cynical Chandler Bing on 'Friends' coincided with the employment. 1994 saw the debut of the program, which ran until 2004.
Following 'Friends,' Perry acted in several Movies and television series, including as 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,' directed by Aaron Sorkin. In his biography from 2022, Perry described the project as an attempt to preserve a SNL-like show.
Throughout his career, the actor has been open about his addiction to alcohol and narcotics. A year before he passed away, Perry said in his memoir that he had spent as much as $7 million trying to recover.
'I've spent thirty years in therapy twice a week, been to the brink of death, and been in a mental institution,' wrote Perry. He described how, in 2019, an emergency surgery left him with a 2% chance of survival after his intestines ruptured from opiate misuse. He spent five months in the hospital and two weeks in a coma.