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Matthew Perry: Friends Star Dies at 54 After Drowning in Jacuzzi



Matthew Perry: Friends Star Dies at 54 After Drowning in Jacuzzi

Naijanews – Matthew Perry, the actor best known for playing Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom Friends, has died at the age of 54.

He was found dead in his jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home on Saturday afternoon, according to sources close to the star.

Perry had apparently played a two-hour session of Pickleball, a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, earlier that day.

He then sent his assistant out to run an errand, and when they came back, they discovered him unresponsive in his hot tub.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at around 4pm local time, but they were unable to revive him.

There was no sign of foul play or drug use, and the cause of death was ruled as accidental drowning.


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A Global Icon of Comedy and Friendship

Matthew Perry rose to fame in the 1990s as one of the six main cast members of Friends, a comedy show that followed the lives and loves of a group of young adults living in New York City.

His character, Chandler Bing, was known for his sarcastic humor and witty one-liners, as well as his romance with Monica Geller, played by Courteney Cox.

Friends was a huge success worldwide, attracting millions of viewers and winning numerous awards.

It ran for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004, and is still widely watched today on streaming platforms and reruns.

Perry received an Emmy nomination in 2002 for his performance as Chandler, and also starred in several movies and TV shows, such as The Whole Nine Yards, 17 Again and The Odd Couple.

Matthew Perry was also close friends with his co-stars off-screen, and often shared photos and videos of their reunions on social media.

He recently participated in a highly anticipated Friends reunion special that aired on HBO Max in May 2021.

Where he joined Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

A Long Struggle with Addiction and Health Issues

Despite his fame and fortune, Perry had a turbulent personal life that was marred by addiction and health problems.

He admitted that he had been addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs since the late 1990s, and that he had no memory of filming some seasons of Friends due to his substance abuse.

Matthew Perry went to rehab several times to seek treatment for his addiction, and also became an advocate for recovery and sobriety.

He opened his own sober living facility called Perry House in Malibu in 2011, where he helped other addicts overcome their struggles.

Perry also suffered from various physical ailments throughout his life. He had pancreatitis in 2000, which caused him to lose a significant amount of weight.

Matthew Perry also had gastrointestinal surgery in 2018 to repair a hole in his stomach. In addition, he revealed that he had suffered a stroke in 2020 that left him with slurred speech.

A Legacy of Laughter and Love

Matthew Perry: Friends Star Dies at 54 After Drowning in Jacuzzi

Tributes have flooded in for Friends star Matthew Perry after he was found dead yesterday

Perry’s death has shocked and saddened his fans and colleagues around the world, who have taken to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to him.

His Friends co-star Courteney Cox posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, saying:

“I am heartbroken to lose such a wonderful friend. You were a ray of sunshine in my life and everyone else’s. You made us laugh so hard with your brilliant humor and your kind soul. I will miss you forever.”

Other celebrities who worked with Perry or admired him also shared their condolences and memories of him.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted:

“Matthew Perry was a genius at comedy and a wonderful person. I’m so sorry for his family and friends.”

Jimmy Kimmel wrote:

“Matthew Perry was one of the funniest people I ever met. He was also one of the nicest. I’m very sad to hear this news.”

Perry’s family members have not yet issued a public statement about his death, but sources said they are in a “state of shock” and are asking for privacy during this difficult time.

Matthew Perry will be remembered as one of the most talented and beloved actors of his generation.

Who brought joy and laughter to millions of people with his iconic role as Chandler Bing.

He will also be remembered as a generous and compassionate person who helped others overcome their challenges.

Matthew Perry leaves behind a legacy of comedy and friendship that will live on forever.

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Announcing the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival




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Announcing the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival… A Celebration of Authentic Flavours… 


Naijanewsngr reports that the countdown has begun to the 7th edition of the most anticipated culinary festival in Africa and Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) is excited to announce dates for the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival, set to take place from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, at GTCentre, Plot 1 Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.


The GTCO Food and Drink Festival is widely recognised as the continent’s biggest food and drink festival, bringing together millions of food lovers and entrepreneurs to celebrate the rich and diverse culinary heritage of Africa with a vibrant display of flavours, aromas, and cultures.


Over the three-day period, attendees can look forward to an array of culinary delights, from traditional African dishes to innovative fusion cuisines from other parts of the world. The festival will also feature live cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions, along with hundreds of food retailers showcasing a diverse range of mouth-watering offerings.


Commenting on the 2024 GTCO Food and Drink Festival, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said;

“We are delighted to bring to our customers, exhibitors, and food lovers from across Africa and beyond, another edition of an event that is a celebration of not just food, but of the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions that make African cuisine so unique.

Our vision for curating this consumer-focused event is unchanging, particularly in light of the pressures that individuals and businesses are facing at this time.

We hope to consistently create memorable moments for everyone, whilst providing a free, vibrant, and commercially viable platform for small food businesses in Nigeria to grow and thrive.”


In addition to its culinary offerings, the GTCO Food and Drink Festival is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere. This year, organisers have curated an extensive lineup of activities for children, ensuring that the festival is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. A specially designed play area will keep the little ones entertained with games, interactive exhibits, and more.


As a new and exciting feature, the fair will introduce a children’s baking class, providing young aspiring chefs with a wonderful opportunity to discover the joys of baking, while also fostering creativity and confidence in the kitchen. From decorating cupcakes to crafting their own signature treats, children will unleash their culinary genius and develop valuable cooking skills in a fun and supportive environment.


GTCO is a leading financial services group with banking operations in Nigeria, West Africa, East Africa, and the United Kingdom alongside new businesses in Payment, Funds Management, and Pension Fund Administration. The Group operates a diversified, Proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement, which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond.


Its leadership in the banking industry and efforts at empowering people and communities has earned it many prestigious awards over the years. In 2023, GTCO’s Guaranty Trust Bank was recognized as Nigeria’s Best Bank and Best Bank in CSR at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, Best Banking Group in Nigeria by World Finance, and Best Bank in Nigeria by Global Finance. Guaranty Trust Bank also featured in the Top 1000 Banks in the World and Top 100 Banks in Africa rankings by The Banker.


Mark your calendars and prepare your taste buds as we come together in celebration of authentic flavours at the 2024 Food and Drink Festival. Attendance is FREE.

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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Mr Ibu Is Dead




BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Mr Ibu, Is Dead

BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Mr Ibu, Is Dead


Naijanews gathered that Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is dead.

He was said to have died on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

In October 2023, the veteran actor was reported ill and required financial assistance.

But in November 2023, Okafor’s family confirmed that one of his legs had been amputated to keep him alive.

The amputation became necessary because of an infection of the arteries at the ankle that was not detected early enough, his former manager Emeka Chochoo told PUNCH Online in November 2023 in an exclusive chat.

It was reported that he passed away in the hospital.

Meanwhile, celebrities and colleagues of the Nollywood veteran have mourned Mr. Ibu in various social media posts.

Mercy Johnson Okojie wrote, “It is well… Rest well sir…”

Ruth Kadiri wrote, “Sleep well Papa.”

More details later…

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Rihanna’s $6.3 million performance at the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani




Rihanna's $6.3 million performance at the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani

Rihanna’s $6.3 million performance at the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani



The recent pre-wedding celebration of Anant Ambani, the billionaire son of Mukesh Ambani, has drawn attention from the world’s elite in a world where extravagance meets opulence. The star-studded event, held in Jamnagar, India, showcased a spectacle of wealth and grandeur, with a guest list boasting the crème de la crème of society, including tech titans, political figures, and entertainment icons.



At the center of this lavish affair was none other than Barbadian singer Rihanna, who graced the stage for a mesmerizing performance that reportedly earned her a staggering $6.3 million. This marked Rihanna’s first full-length concert in eight years, making it a truly momentous occasion for both the singer and the attendees.



The repertoire of songs performed by Rihanna included some of her biggest hits, such as “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Wild Thoughts,” “Rude Boy,” “Work,” “We Found Love,” “Umbrella,” “Stay,” and “Diamonds.” The electrifying performance was captured on camera, offering a glimpse into the magical evening that unfolded at the Ambani celebration.



The Ambani family wedding is not just a gathering of the rich and famous; it is a convergence of global influence and prominence. From Bollywood stars like Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and business magnates like Disney CEO Bob Iger, the guest list was a testament to the family’s reach and connections across various industries.



Moreover, the presence of esteemed personalities such as former Prime Ministers, political leaders, and heads of multinational corporations added a layer of sophistication and gravitas to the event. The likes of Carl Bildt, Stephen Harper, Donald Harrison, Jorge Quiroga, Kevin Rudd, and Klaus Schwab lent their presence to the celebration, further solidifying its status as a gathering of global significance.



As we reflect on the spectacle that was the Ambani pre-wedding celebration, it becomes clear that it was more than just a lavish affair; it was a convergence of talent, influence, and wealth on a grand scale. Rihanna’s performance, with its electrifying energy and star power, was the perfect centerpiece for an event that will be remembered for years to come.



In conclusion, the Ambani family wedding served as a testament to the power of wealth and influence in shaping extraordinary moments that capture the world’s attention. With Rihanna’s $6.3 million performance as a highlight, the event underscored the unparalleled extravagance and grandeur that define the lives of the global elite.

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