Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed deep sorrow over the tragic and unexpected passing of his former schoolmate, the beloved actor Matthew Perry, best known for his role in the iconic television series "Friends." Perry, 54, was found unresponsive at his residence in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 28, with initial reports suggesting an accidental drowning as the cause of death.
Trudeau took to X, a popular social media platform, to share his heartfelt condolences and reminiscences of the times he and Perry spent together during their younger years. “The news of Matthew Perry’s demise is shocking and heartbreaking,” Trudeau penned.
“The schoolyard games we played are etched in my memory, and I am certain that people worldwide will always remember the happiness he brought into their lives”. He continued, expressing gratitude for the laughter Perry provided to millions: “Thank you for the joyous moments, Matthew.
You were cherished, and your absence will be profoundly felt”.
Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening. I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them.
Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved – and you will be missed. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 29, 2023
Shared History and Reminiscence
The two shared a unique connection, having attended the same elementary school.
Additionally, Perry’s mother, Suzanne Morrison, once served as the press secretary to Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, the former Prime Minister of Canada. This long-standing connection between their families adds another layer of poignancy to this loss.
Reflecting on their shared history, Perry amusingly recounted a childhood story during a 2017 interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where he and a friend “beat up” the young Trudeau. “It was out of pure jealousy,” Perry explained, acknowledging Trudeau’s athletic prowess at the time.
He quickly clarified, showing remorse, “I’m not proud of this. It was a senseless act of a misguided kid”. This tragic event has undoubtedly cast a shadow over the entertainment world and beyond as fans, friends, and family members grapple with the loss of Matthew Perry—a man who brought laughter and joy to so many.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s words serve as a poignant reminder of the impact Perry had, not just on screen but in the lives of those he encountered throughout his journey.
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