Details of Matthew Perry's will revealed months after 'Friends' star's death at 54

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By Kim Novak

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Matthew Perry's last will has been revealed five months after the Friends star died at the age of 54. 

The world was left in mourning last year after news broke that the beloved actor had been found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, on October 28.

First responders declared the actor dead, and toxicology results from the LA County Medical Examiner’s Office later showed that Perry had died from "acute effects of ketamine", deeming his death as accidental.

Drowning, coronary artery disease, and buprenorphine were also listed as contributing factors to his death, according to his autopsy.

Matthew Perry died in October at the age of 54. Credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Now, five months after Perry, who was best known for playing Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends, died, details of his will and estate have been revealed.

According to documents obtained by Page Six, Perry had named Lisa Ferguson and Robin Ruzan to act as co-executors of his $1 million estate which was held in a trust he'd named the Alvy Singer Living Trust after Woody Allen's character in Annie Hall.

Ferguson, Perry's long-time business manager, is due to appear in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom on April 10 for a hearing of the will, however, Ruzan - who was an executive producer of the TV series Celebrity Liar, which Perry made a guest appearance on in 2010 - opted out of co-executing the trust on March 4.

Perry had made the declaration in 2009, listing his father, John Perry, and mother, Suzanne Morrison, as beneficiaries of his will, as well as his half-sister Caitlin Morrison and ex-girlfriend Rachel Dunn.

He had also included a clause at the time stipulating that any children he had after the will was made would not be "explicitly entitled" to inherit any of his estate, however, he never married or had children.


While Perry was estimated to be worth $120 million, his personal property was valued at a "little over $1 million", which is what his additional assets were found to be worth, not including what is already in his private trust, according to documents obtained by The Blast.

The outlet added that the documents state: "All my personal and household effects, including, but not limited to, jewelry, furniture and furnishings, works of art and automobiles, together with any insurance on such property, shall pass as part of my residuary estate."

It added: "All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate (my 'residuary estate') shall be distributed to the Trustees of THE ALVY SINGER LIVING TRUST."

Perry reportedly earned around $20 million a year in residuals from Friends. Credit: Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Perry reportedly made around $20 million a year in residuals from Friends, after starring in the hit sitcom from 1994 until it ended in 2004, which will now likely go to his parents.

His sister Caitlin Morrison and his ex-girlfriend Rachel Dunn, are also listed as beneficiaries, with Perry revealing in his 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing that he almost proposed to Dunn during their time together.

In it, Perry had also spoken openly about his battles with alcohol and drugs throughout his life, and his commitment to helping others who were also struggling.

Featured image credit: Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images

Details of Matthew Perry's will revealed months after 'Friends' star's death at 54

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By Kim Novak

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Matthew Perry's last will has been revealed five months after the Friends star died at the age of 54. 

The world was left in mourning last year after news broke that the beloved actor had been found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, on October 28.

First responders declared the actor dead, and toxicology results from the LA County Medical Examiner’s Office later showed that Perry had died from "acute effects of ketamine", deeming his death as accidental.

Drowning, coronary artery disease, and buprenorphine were also listed as contributing factors to his death, according to his autopsy.

Matthew Perry died in October at the age of 54. Credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Now, five months after Perry, who was best known for playing Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends, died, details of his will and estate have been revealed.

According to documents obtained by Page Six, Perry had named Lisa Ferguson and Robin Ruzan to act as co-executors of his $1 million estate which was held in a trust he'd named the Alvy Singer Living Trust after Woody Allen's character in Annie Hall.

Ferguson, Perry's long-time business manager, is due to appear in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom on April 10 for a hearing of the will, however, Ruzan - who was an executive producer of the TV series Celebrity Liar, which Perry made a guest appearance on in 2010 - opted out of co-executing the trust on March 4.

Perry had made the declaration in 2009, listing his father, John Perry, and mother, Suzanne Morrison, as beneficiaries of his will, as well as his half-sister Caitlin Morrison and ex-girlfriend Rachel Dunn.

He had also included a clause at the time stipulating that any children he had after the will was made would not be "explicitly entitled" to inherit any of his estate, however, he never married or had children.


While Perry was estimated to be worth $120 million, his personal property was valued at a "little over $1 million", which is what his additional assets were found to be worth, not including what is already in his private trust, according to documents obtained by The Blast.

The outlet added that the documents state: "All my personal and household effects, including, but not limited to, jewelry, furniture and furnishings, works of art and automobiles, together with any insurance on such property, shall pass as part of my residuary estate."

It added: "All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate (my 'residuary estate') shall be distributed to the Trustees of THE ALVY SINGER LIVING TRUST."

Perry reportedly earned around $20 million a year in residuals from Friends. Credit: Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Perry reportedly made around $20 million a year in residuals from Friends, after starring in the hit sitcom from 1994 until it ended in 2004, which will now likely go to his parents.

His sister Caitlin Morrison and his ex-girlfriend Rachel Dunn, are also listed as beneficiaries, with Perry revealing in his 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing that he almost proposed to Dunn during their time together.

In it, Perry had also spoken openly about his battles with alcohol and drugs throughout his life, and his commitment to helping others who were also struggling.

Featured image credit: Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images