Matthew Perry, widely recognized for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the iconic TV series “Friends,” passed away at 54 years old. His last years were marked by significant changes, including real estate decisions that mirrored his personal challenges and quest for love.
Sources close to Perry reveal that he felt a deep loneliness in the years leading up to his demise. Although he had a generous spirit and a will to assist others, he mostly spent his days in solitude. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020, Perry made a notable shift in his living arrangements. He moved from his opulent residences to a more modest 3,000-square-foot cottage in Los Angeles, acquired for $6 million. This was a stark contrast to his former Malibu estate and a sprawling LA penthouse, which he sold for $13.1 million and $21.6 million, respectively.
The final residence Perry chose was situated in the Pacific Palisades area. It was a renovated mid-century ranch-style dwelling featuring four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and expansive windows that offered panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. The property had an open floor plan with oak flooring, a combined living and dining space, and a kitchen equipped with a remarkable floor-to-ceiling wine rack. The outdoor area of the .37-acre property boasted a raised pool with an ocean view and a fire pit.
Shortly before his passing, Perry posted a poignant photo on Instagram. The image showed him in a hot tub, wearing headphones, with the caption, “Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman.” He also shared a video of the moon, alluding to Batman, and wrote, “Do you understand what I’m trying to tell you? – I’m Mattman.” Tragically, he was discovered lifeless in the jacuzzi a few days later.
In his last years, Perry underwent a significant transformation. He openly yearned for enduring love and the chance to become a parent. Despite high-profile relationships with stars like Julia Roberts and Lizzy Caplan, he often terminated these relationships due to unfounded fears. Perry battled with substance abuse, entering rehab 15 times. It was only after attaining sobriety in May 2021 that he felt he had overcome his fear of love.
Most recently, Perry was engaged to Molly Hurwitz, his literary manager. However, their relationship was strained due to his struggles with alcoholism. His untimely death has left fans worldwide in a state of grief.