Adele, the renowned British singer, brought her Las Vegas concert to a poignant pause on Saturday evening upon receiving the distressing news of the passing of beloved actor Matthew Perry. Perry, recognized worldwide for his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing in the hit TV series “Friends,” was found dead at his residence in Los Angeles, reportedly due to an apparent drowning. The actor was 54 years old.
During the concert held at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, Adele took a moment to reflect on the impact Matthew Perry had on her life and countless others through his exceptional performances.
Although the two had never crossed paths, Adele expressed her deep admiration for the character Chandler Bing, labeling him as “probably the best comedic character of all time.” The 35-year-old star addressed the audience, stating, “I’ll remember that character for the rest of my life.”
Adele took the opportunity to pay a heartfelt tribute to the late actor as she introduced her song “When We Were Young.” She encouraged audience members to share their favorite childhood memories.
Sharing her reminiscence connected to Matthew, Adele recounted, “One of my friends, Andrew, when I was, like, 12, made the best Chandler impression. He would do it all the time to make us laugh, and if any of us were having a bad day or feeling low, he would just pretend to be Chandler.”
In addition to acknowledging Perry’s contributions to the world of entertainment, Adele also commended his courage in openly discussing his struggles with addiction and his journey to sobriety, as detailed in his 2022 memoir.
Who was Matthew Perry?
Matthew Perry passed away on October 28, 2023, at 54. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1969. He began acting in high school and moved to Los Angeles after graduating in 1987. He landed his breakthrough role as Chandler Bing in 1994, and Friends quickly became one of the most popular sitcoms ever.
Perry played Chandler for 10 seasons, and the character became known for his sharp wit and self-deprecating humor. Perry also received critical acclaim for his performance, winning a Screen Actors Guild Award and being nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards.
After Friends ended in 2004, Perry continued to act in television and film. He starred in the sitcom Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip from 2006 to 2007, and he had recurring roles on shows like Ally McBeal, The West Wing, and Mr. Sunshine.
Perry also struggled with addiction throughout his life, and he was open about his struggles to help others. He founded the Perry House, a sober living facility for men, in 2011.
Matthew Perry’s passing has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on those who admired his work. Adele’s touching tribute at her Las Vegas concert is a testament to his impact on her and his legions of fans worldwide.