Friends creators speak about conversation they had with Perry just two weeks before his death

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The creators of Friends have said Matthew Perry was “happy and chipper” when they spoke to the actor two weeks before he died.

Marta Kauffman and David Crane told The Today Show on Sky News’s US partner network NBC that Perry was in a “really good place”.

The actor, who played Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom for the show’s 10-season run, died on Saturday in an apparent drowning in his Los Angeles home. He was 54.

Ms Kaufmann told Today’s presenter Hoda Kotb that their conversation was “great” and upbeat.

“He was happy and chipper. He didn’t seem weighed down by anything. He was in a really good place, which is why this seems so unfair,” she said.

Tributes have poured in for the beloved actor since Saturday, with his Friends cast mates saying they were “utterly devastated“.

Perry’s five co-stars – Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox – said in a joint statement on Monday: “We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.

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“There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.”

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Friends supporting cast members, as well as famous figures such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sarah, Duchess of York, have also remembered the actor in recent days.

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Perry was found in a hot tub in his home on Saturday afternoon. The post-mortem examination was reportedly inconclusive and officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

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