Friends fans lay flowers in tribute to the late Matthew Perry

In light of Matthew Perry's tragic death, Friends fans have flocked to New York's West Village to lay flowers and heartfelt tributes.

The sitcom, which ran from 1994 to 2004 and focused on the lives of Monica Geller (played by Courteney Cox), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Joey Tribbiani (Matt Le Blanc), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) and Chandler Bing (Matthew), was of course primarily shot at the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles, but its apartment building's exterior was that of 90 Bedford Street.

Having learned of the beloved actor's passing – the 54-year-old reportedly died by drowning in his jacuzzi on Saturday afternoon – crowds formed on the streets just hours later.

Interviewed by Variety at the emotional scene, Catherine Schmitt commented: "It feels strange to feel sad about it, but it really has been a sad morning. It's been my comfort show since I can remember. I can't imagine watching it now without feeling deep sadness."

Meanwhile, a second Friends fan named Hope Pace added of Matthew: "He was all of our friends. He was the silly friend; he was the happy friend. That's why we say, 'Check on your happy friends.'

"He deserves to be honoured. I know he suffered a lot."

This alluded to the TV icon's well-documented issues with drug and alcohol addiction, which Matthew himself candidly addressed in last year's memoir Friends, Lovers, and The Big Terrible Thing.

Samantha Cheung went on to tell the publication: "I wanted to visit because the show gave me a lot of comfort growing up. It captures what young adulthood is like and how important your friends are during that time of your life."

She added that it taught her invaluable life lessons such as "don't take life too seriously, you can make light out of bad things" and "it's OK to joke around".

As you'd expect, it wasn't only the public responding to Matthew's death either.

In a tribute posted via Instagram, Friends' very own Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler's on-off girlfriend Janice Hosenstein, shared: "What a loss. The world will miss you Matthew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on."

Paget Brewster, best known as the character Kathy in season 4, also added: "He was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after. Please read his book. It was his legacy to help. He won't rest in peace though. He's already too busy making everyone laugh up there."

Phoebe actress Lisa, 60, is believed to be considering adopting his dog.

His family penned a joint statement, too, which was obtained by PEOPLE.

It read: "We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."

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