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In Remembrance of Matthew Perry

In loving memory of a beloved actor.

The death of a celebrity can take a toll on people, especially on avid fans. Beloved actor Matthew Perry sadly passed away on October 28, 2023. He was widely known for his role in Friends, a popular sitcom that aired in the 90s up to the 2000s. It’s a comforting and relatable show for its audience that touched the hearts of many.. The news of the actor’s death came as a blow to the community.

Perry had a significant impact on the world in many ways. On Friends, he played the role of Chandler Bing. He brought the character to life with his humor and wit, which fans adored him for. He had many one-liners with perfect comedic timing, and his acting was impeccable. His other shows include: “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Fools Rush In,” “Growing Pains,” “Ally McBeal,” “17 Again,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “The West Wing” and a reboot of “The Odd Couple.” His charming personality connected his cast, forming lifelong friendships with everyone involved.

Perry’s death was very sudden and unexpected. Senior Lana Muhagir said, “I didn’t watch Friends, but it’s always sad to see a celebrity pass away in those circumstances, since his death could’ve been preventable.” 

After the investigation was done, his death was reported as an accidental drowning. Now, however, it’s listed as a deferred pending toxicology report. The results of the toxicology report are reported to come out anywhere between six weeks and six months. 

The news of Matthew Perry’s death caused some fans to spiral. They created conspiracies about his cause of death – certain Instagram posts Perry had been posting before he died revolved around him being Batman with odd captions. However, his last post showed him in the hot tub that he was found deceased in. Fans thought this was odd because he had never mentioned Batman before. 

Certain conspiracy theories speculated that it was a cry for help or a struggle with substance abuse, while other conspiracies were more extreme. Junior Addy McCarthy was very upset when she found out about his death. “When my mom told me about it in the car, I almost cried,” McCarthy said. Aside from the way fans dealt with this, his family and friends created posts to honoring him with goodbye letters and pictures of him.

In the end, Perry was a beautiful soul that impacted many people’s lives, whether on TV or in real life. Although his death was very sudden and tragic, he is still remembered for the lasting impact he had on others. Rest in peace, Matthew Perry.

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Mina Almetwally
Mina Almetwally, Staff Writer
Mina Almetwally is a first-year staff member of the Spartan. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, she moved around several times when she was younger before settling down with her family in Virginia. She likes hanging out with friends, but also enjoys listening to R&B music in her free time. She loves writing, and is excited to be on the newspaper staff this year!

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