On the 29th (local time), when rain was pouring down, people appeared one by one in front of a six-story building in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York, USA. “Is there a day more difficult than today to say ‘goodbye’? Thank you for being our friend. “Today is the day we all lost a friend.” Some people took out letters written like this from their pockets, and some gently placed yellow and white flowers on the floor. This place, which was the setting for the American sitcom ‘ Friends
‘ , which was very popular around the world in the 먹튀검증1990s and 2000s, was crowded with people paying tribute on this day. When actor Matthew Perry (54), who appeared as ‘Chandler Bing’, one of the six main characters in Friends, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles ( LA ) the day before, ‘Friends’ came to remember him. A family living in England told the New York Post that they had been on a four-day trip to New York and came here after hearing of Perry’s death. Friends is a work about the life, love, and friendship of six friends living in Manhattan, New York. It aired on NBC in the U.S. and was so popular that it ran for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. Among them, Chandler Bing, played by Perry, appears as a character who can never be disliked, although he makes jokes constantly and makes the atmosphere awkward. It is difficult to say that Perry, who played this role, is a so-called ‘big Hollywood star’. However, the local media is covering the news of his death with as much importance as any other famous actor. Major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN , published at least 3 to 5 related articles after Perry’s death. The reason why many fans are heartbroken over the death of Perry, who they remember as ‘Chandler Bing’, is because they feel sorry for his difficult life. It was reported that he had been addicted to drugs and alcohol since filming Friends, and at one point took 55 narcotic painkillers a day. Nevertheless, he confessed his past through his memoirs and showed his efforts to overcome his addiction, and his fans supported him like a real friend. Friends also gained sensational popularity in Korea. People currently in their late 30s to early 50s are the generation that came across Friends when they were college students or just starting their careers. Friends was so popular as an English study material in universities that there were advertisements plastered on university bathroom walls saying, ‘Study English with Friends.’ In 1996, the Korean sitcom ‘Three Men, Three Women’, with a similar setting to Friends, debuted and became a hot topic. An office worker in his late 40s who works at a large company said, “When I heard the news that Perry had passed away, I felt empty inside, as if I had lost a close friend. I think it was because it was a sitcom I watched a lot during my school days.” Actors who appeared on Friends with Perry and his ‘real friends’ are also expressing their sad feelings. Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s ex-girlfriend Janice, wrote on social media, “The world will miss you,” and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spent his childhood with Perry at the same school, said, “I met Perry during my school days.” “I will never forget the moments we had playing sports together.” The remaining five friends, who co-starred as the main characters in Friends, said they were “in shock and sadness.