- The Nashville Predators organist played the Friends theme in honor of Perry
- ESPN’s Robert Griffin III wrote a heartfelt social media post about the actor
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Athletes and sports fans are reacting to the sudden death of former Friends actor, Matthew Perry, who reportedly drowned at his Los Angeles home Saturday.
‘Matthew Perry was more than Chandler Bing,’ former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote on X. ‘He was what made Friends go. Sad to hear of his passing, but thankful for the memories he gave us. Rest in Peace.’
The 54-year-old American-Canadian actor was known as a diehard hockey fan, which prompted the Nashville Predators’ organist to play the Friends theme song during Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Perry’s favorite club was the Ottawa Senators, and he even managed to sport their logo in his successful 2000 comedy, The Whole Nine Yards.
The club honored Perry on social media following news of his death: ‘Saddened to learn about the passing of Matthew Perry, one of Ottawa’s proudest sons and the biggest hockey fan.’
Matthew Perry and guest attend New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils playoff game in 2012
Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote that Matthew Perry was more than Chandler
Matthew Perry (left) managed to sneak in an Ottawa Senators logo into the Whole Nine Yards
Matthew Perry also tossed out the first pitch before a LA Dodgers game back in 2012
Golden State Warriors owner Peter Guber and actor Matthew Perry watch a game in 2013
He also made frequent appearances around the NHL over the years, attending New York Rangers games at Madison Square Garden and also watching the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks in Southern California.
But Perry was more than just a hockey fan.
He tossed out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2012, and was also known to support the New England Patriots, according to Paramount.
Furthermore, Perry was frequently spotted at Los Angeles Lakers games during the Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal years of the early 2000s.
And Perry didn’t just watch sports. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Ontario, Perry became one of the top-ranked Canadian junior players in his youth.
‘I needed to succeed at whatever I was doing so I could feel better about myself,’ Perry told The New York Times in 2002. ”I had this incredible drive on the tennis court, and that translated into acting.”
Ultimately Perry ranked 17th nationally in singles and third in doubles before acting became his main focus.