The “Friends” Cast React to Matthew Perry’s Death: “Utterly Devastated”
The world was shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Matthew Perry‘s passing, best known for his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing on the beloved sitcom “Friends“. Fans and fellow celebrities are in mourning after discovering the actor dead at his Los Angeles home.
In response to this heartbreaking loss, Hollywood stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late star, recalling their fond memories and the significant impact he had on their lives.
On Oct. 30, Perry’s “Friends” costars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer shared a statement reflecting on Perry’s legacy and their heartbreak. Additionally, Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice on “Friends”, as well as Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler’s mum, have also both expressed their shock.
Ahead, see how stars are paying their respects to Perry.
“Friends” Cast Break Silence
“Friends” stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer shared a joint statement with People on Oct. 30.
“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” it read.
“There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”
Stars Pay Tribute to Matthew Perry
Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s recurring love interest Janice across 10 seasons of “Friends”, shared a touching Instagram post, expressing her deep sorrow.
“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. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared,” she wrote.
Paget Brewster, who also played one of Perry’s onscreen love interests during the show’s fourth season, paid her respects in an emotional post.
“I’m so very sad to hear about @MatthewPerry. 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,” she said.
I’m so very sad to hear about @MatthewPerry. 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.— paget brewster (@pagetpaget) October 29, 2023
Morgan Fairchild, who portrayed Perry’s onscreen mother on “Friends”, expressed her heartbreak on X (formerly Twitter), stating, “I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my ‘son’, Matthew Perry. The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. I’m sending love & condolences to his friends & family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Flamingo Road & Falcon Crest. #RIPMatthew.”
I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my “son”, Matthew Perry. The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. I’m sending love & condolences to his friends & family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Flamingo Road & Falcon Crest. #RIPMatthew pic.twitter.com/QWMsBVJEAr— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) October 29, 2023
Selma Blair, who guest-starred on “Friends”, shared a heartwarming photo of her and Perry, fondly remembering their friendship. She wrote, “My oldest boyfriend. All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken-hearted. Sweet dreams, Matty. Sweet dreams.”
Thomas Lennon, who starred opposite Perry in “The Odd Couple”, called him “the best shoulder to lean on”. Their costar Yvette Nicole Brown shared a touching photo of the main cast, expressing her sadness at the loss.
The outpouring of love and grief extended beyond the entertainment industry, with many sharing their condolences and fond memories of Perry.
Perry was reportedly found dead in his hot tub after an apparent drowning, reports TMZ, citing law enforcement sources. The outlet reported that no drugs were found at the scene.
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