Matthew Perry’s burial plot is stripped of floral tributes after he was laid to rest in Hollywood’s most celebrity-packed cemetery
Matthew Perry’s gravesite has been stripped of its floral tributes.
The Friends star was laid to rest on Friday at a private funeral service at the Forest Lawn Church of the Hills in Los Angeles, with a flower arrangement left in place.
Yet TMZ reports that these tributes were removed by Tuesday in order to stop members of the public congregating at his final resting place.
For now, his burial spot is unmarked, with headstones typically installed a few months after the funeral.
Perry’s burial spot has yet to be officially marked, but headstones are usually completed and installed on the gravesite sometime later.
Loss of a legend: Matthew Perry’s burial plot has been stripped of floral tributes after he was laid to rest in Hollywood’s most celebrity-packed cemetery (pictured in 2017)
Tribute: The Friends star was laid to rest on Friday at a private funeral service at the Forest Lawn Church of the Hills in Los Angeles, with a flower arrangement left in place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery is opposite Warner Bros Studios, where Friends was filmed for 10 seasons, and is the final resting place of a galaxy of Hollywood stars – among them Carrie Fisher, Bette Davis, Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and Anne Heche.
Other major celebs include Western star Lee Van Cleef, fitness guru Jack LaLane and Paul Walker from the Fast and Furious films.
There are five Forest Lawns in the Los Angeles area. The first was founded by Hubert Eaton and its flat, open layout, was copied countless times by other cemeteries across the United States.
The one in Glendale is the first and oldest with classic stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Humphrey Bogart buried there.
The Hollywood Hills branch is the hipper resting place for the modern celebrity crowd.
On Friday, during Perry’s funeral, his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, 54; Lisa Kudrow, 60; Courteney Cox, 59; and David Schwimmer, 57, arrived as a quartet.
They were all dressed in black suits and sombre as they prepared to say their last goodbyes to Perry at Forest Lawn cemetery.
They were joined outside the church after the simple hour-long ceremony by Matt LeBlanc, 56, and were pictured in conversation with other well-wishers.
The service ended with a rendition of Peter Gabriel’s song Don’t Give Up which includes the lyrics: ‘No fight left or so it seems, I am a man whose dreams have all deserted, I’ve changed my face, I’ve changed my name, But no one wants you when you lose.’
An onlooker told DailyMail.com: ‘There was not a dry eye in there. There were a lot of tears and laughter. Only close friends and family spoke.’
After the service, Perry was buried in a dark wooden coffin in a family-only ceremony.
Crowds of black-clad mourners stood around outside the church after the ceremony.
Paying their respects: Jennifer Aniston (left), Courteney Cox (2L), David Schwimmer (centre), Lisa Kudrow (2R) and Matt LeBlanc (far right) were among the mourners at Perry’s funeral
Perry’s cause of death remains unconfirmed, but initial toxicology reports found that there was no meth or fentanyl in his system when he drowned.
Throughout his life, the actor had been open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol.
The common narcotics were not found in Perry’s system during initial tests, according to a TMZ report. But more in-depth testing is underway and would show if the beloved actor had any prescription medication in his system.
When investigators responded to Perry’s home, they did not find any illegal drugs but found a prescription medication that was properly labelled and kept in storage bottles.
In his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry wrote that after his colon exploded in 2018, he was prescribed opiates that he deemed insufficient to deal with his pain, prompting him to turn to street dealers to supply him with potentially fentanyl-laced OxyContin.
Tragic loss: Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery is the final resting place of a galaxy of Hollywood stars – among them Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (pictured in 2015)
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