David Schwimmer looks sombre as he’s seen for first time after dear friend Matthew Perry’s death

David Schwimmer is mourning the loss of his longtime Friends co-star Matthew Perry, who tragically died on Saturday.

Better known as Ross Geller in the aforementioned sitcom – a character he played for 10 years up until 2004 – 56-year-old Schwimmer was spotted entering his New York apartment wearing a baseball cap and several dark layers in the autumnal chill. As many high-profile celebrities do, he also donned a face mask.

This comes after TMZ broke the news of Matthew's death at the age of 54, having been discovered unresponsive in the jacuzzi of his Los Angeles residence.

A police investigation is ongoing, with foul play reportedly being ruled out.

Friends creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane and Kevin Bright expressed their deep sadness in a joint statement to Deadline, which read: "We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment not just to his work, but in life as well."

Since the comedy actor's death, a source close to him has revealed that he'd always fantasised about having a "perfect family" and had recently been on the hunt for love.

They told The Daily Mail: "Matthew always dreamed of having the perfect family. He wanted a wife, and at least a couple of kids. And he said he wouldn't even mind marrying a woman who already had kids.

"Lately, the 54-year-old star has been looking for love again. But a string of failed relationships left him feeling sad and depressed, and as if he would never find that love he longed for.

"Matthew dated dozens of women. But in the end, he always felt they were only interested in his money and his fame. And he was generous to a fault. He would shower women with gifts only to have them pack up their goodies and walk away."

In Matthew's 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers, and The Big Terrible Thing, he candidly discussed prior brushes with death caused by his drug and alcohol abuse.

Five years ago, his nearest and dearest were informed that he had just a two percent chance of survival after his colon burst due to opioid use. The actor was in a coma for two weeks and had a colostomy bag fitted, which he had to use for the next nine months.

"The first time I took my shirt off in my bathroom after returning from the hospital after my first surgery I burst into tears," he wrote in the book. "I was so disturbed by it. I thought my life was over. After about half an hour I got my s*** together enough to call my drug dealer…"

He later admitted to GQ that the nightmarish realities of wearing a colostomy bag were what kept him away from repeating his drug dependency.

"I would wake up and the bag would have broken again and I had s*** all over my face, all over my body, in the bed next door. When it breaks, it breaks. You have to get nurses. When I say that I woke up covered in my own s***, I'm talking 50 to 60 times."

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