Matthew Perry’s friends and family appear to be preparing to say their goodbyes after they were seen at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Friday, local time.
His father, John Bennett Perry, and stepfather, Keith Morrison, were photographed arriving at the Forest Lawn Church of the Hills alongside the actor’s Friends co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.
In aerial photographs taken from the site, the cast appear solemn as they’re seen arriving at the grounds for the ceremony. It is unclear if the service is indeed Perry’s official memorial or funeral.
Earlier this week, eyewitnesses spotted Matthew’s sisters, mother, Suzanne Perry, and her husband, Morrison, at the memorial park, likely making preparations.
They were seen walking around the grounds with a funeral home representative while looking at the vast plot of land.
The cemetery serves as a final resting place for many A-list stars, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Carrie Fisher and Paul Walker.
It may also hold a special significance for Perry as the memorial park is opposite Warner Bros. studios, where his iconic show Friends was filmed and he spent 10 years playing his beloved character Chandler Bing.
The private memorial comes just days after Perry was found dead from an apparent drowning at his home in Los Angeles on October 28. He was 54.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ at the time that first responders were called to the scene following a report of an individual going into cardiac arrest.
The 911 call was reportedly placed by his assistant, who found him unresponsive in his hot tub.
The location of his death was eerie because Matthew posted a photo of himself from that same spot just five days before he passed.
He captioned the pic, which was his final social media post, on October 23, “Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman”.
Following Matthew’s death there was speculation that drugs may have contributed to his passing given his history of substance abuse, but many people came forward to dispel concerns about his mental health.
His pickleball coach said the Fools Rush In star was “doing really well” before his death and was “trying to get people clean”.
A gal pal, who was the last person photographed with him at lunch the day before he died, said Matthew was in “extremely good spirits” when she saw him.
Preliminary toxicology reports have reportedly also shown that the Whole Nine Yards star did not have fentanyl or meth in his body at the time of his death. However, the full autopsy report results have been delayed pending additional testing.
In the meantime, Matthew’s family and co-stars have been trying to remember the late actor for his positive attributes and not his darkest moments.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother,” his surviving relatives said in a joint statement to People on October 29.
“Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”
Matthew’s Friends co-stars Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc said they were “devastated” over the loss.
“There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss,” the actors said in their own joint statement.
“In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”
– with Page Six