Justin Trudeau pays tribute to school friend Matthew Perry after his tragic death

Justin Trudeau has paid tribute to Friends star Matthew Perry after his tragic death on Saturday, 28 October, aged 54.

Matthew was found unresponsive in a jacuzzi at his house in Los Angeles after police were called to reports of a cardiac arrest.

Remembering his friend, the Canadian prime minister, 51, wrote on Twitter: "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."

Matthew previously spoke about Justin in an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show in 2017, revealing that he and another of his pals had beaten him up during their time at elementary school together.

He said: 'I was reminded of this by my friend Chris Murray, that we actually beat up Justin Trudeau. We both beat him up. I think he was excelling at a sport that we weren't, so it was pure jealous. So we beat him up.

"I'm not bragging about this, this is terrible. I was a stupid kid.'

After the show, Justin took to Twitter to joke: 'I've been giving it some thought, and you know what, who hasn't wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch Matthew Perry?"

In his life, Matthew became a global star because of the sitcom Friends, playing Chandler Bing and starring alongside Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer.

He followed in his father's footsteps getting into the acting profession and even featured in an episode of the show with him.

In a 1998 episode, called The One With Rachel's New Dress, John played the father of Tay Donovan's character Joshua, Rachel's boyfriend.

Last year, Matthew released his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, opening up on his time spent in hospital in a coma due to drug abuse and struggling with addiction on Friends.

He said in the book: "I loved everything about the show but I was struggling with my addictions which only added to my sense of shame."

"If I didn't get the laugh I was supposed to get I would freak out."I felt that every single night. This pressure left me in a bad place. I also knew of the six people making that show, only one of them was sick."

Since his death, friends co-stars Maggie Wheeler and Morgan Fairchild have paid tribute to Matthew. Maggie, who played Janice Hosenstein, Chandler's on-off girlfriend in the early series, shared her heartfelt tribute on Instagram.

"What a loss," she wrote alongside a picture of them together. "The world will miss you Matthew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on."

Morgan, who portrayed Chandler's mother Nora Bing in the show, expressed her sorrow on Twitter. "I'm heartbroken about the untimely death of my 'son', Matthew Perry." she tweeted.

She added: "The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock."

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