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Adele pauses concert to pay tribute to Matthew Perry after he dies aged 54

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Adele pauses concert to pay tribute to Matthew Perry after he dies aged 54

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Adele paid tribute to Friends star Matthew Perry mid-way through her concert.

Perry was found having passed away at a home in Los Angeles yesterday (Saturday, 28 October) at the age of 54.

Police sources have stated there's no sign of foul play.

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No cause of death has been officially stated yet, as investigations remain underway.

Perry was best known and loved for his role of Chandler Bing in US sitcom Friends.

Bing makes up one of the group of six friends living in New York and through his sarcasm and fear of commitment - played perfectly by Perry - he acted as a relatable, hilarious and much-loved character.

Fans, friends and co-stars of the actor have since flooded to social media to commemorate him.

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News of Perry's passing has devastated fans of the show who have rushed to pay tribute to the star - including Adele.

Adele was performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada last night (Saturday, 28 October).

In a clip shared to X - formerly known as Twitter - by the LA Times, Adele can be seen pausing the show to reflect on the impact Perry's Friends character, Chandler Bing, had on her.

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Matthew Perry was best known for playing Chandler Bing in Friends. Credit: NBC
Matthew Perry was best known for playing Chandler Bing in Friends. Credit: NBC

She says: "One of my friends Andrew, when I was like 12, did the best Chandler impression. And he would do it all the time to make us laugh.

"And if anyone was having a bad day or feeling low, he would just pretend to be Chandler.

"And I will remember that character for the rest of my life and I remember visiting New York for the first time and going on a Friends tour and it's a really big part of my life."

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The singer also went on to reflect on Perry's openness about his 'struggles with addiction and sobriety,' having faced similar difficulties herself.


Earlier this month, during another of her concerts, Adele revealed she 'stopped drinking quite a long time ago' as a result of being 'borderline alcoholic for quite a lot of [her] twenties'.

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Last night, she said: "He [Perry] was so open with his struggles with addiction and sobriety which I think is incredibly, incredibly brave and I just want to say how much I love what he did for all of us, especially for what he did for me, creating the best comedic character of all time."

Adele went on to perform a rendition of 'When We Were Young,' dedicating the song to Perry.

Please drink responsibly. If you want to discuss any issues relating to alcohol in confidence, contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110, 9am–8pm weekdays and 11am–4pm weekends for advice and support

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Topics: Celebrity, Matthew Perry, Friends, Film and TV, Adele, Music, US News, World News, Mental Health

Poppy Bilderbeck
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