Matt LeBlanc has paid tribute to his on-screen roommate and off-screen friend Matthew Perry following Perry's sudden death at the age of 54 on October 28th.
The two actors famously portrayed best friends Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing on the hit TV show Friends. Now, two weeks after Perry's passing, LeBlanc has shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram, featuring pictures of the duo on the set of the NBC sitcom.
"Matthew, it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye. The times we spent together are honestly some of the best moments of my life," wrote LeBlanc, who is now 56 years old. "It was an honor to share the stage with you and to call you my friend."
LeBlanc continued, "I will always smile when I think of you, and I will never forget you. Never. Spread your wings and fly, brother. You're finally free. Much love."
LeBlanc then lightened the mood by jokingly adding, "And I guess you're keeping the 20 bucks you owe me."
LeBlanc and Perry were widely adored for their portrayal of the beloved best friend duo on television. When the cast reunited in 2021 for HBO Max's Friends: The Reunion special and an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, their camaraderie was as evident as ever.
When asked where they envisioned their characters to be in 2021, nearly two decades after the show ended, LeBlanc suggested that Joey would have opened a chain of sandwich shops. Perry humorously added that Joey would have likely eaten all the sandwiches. LeBlanc then joked about Joey's sandwich shop being dinosaur-themed, serving a "Bronto-burger."
As for Chandler, Perry believed his character would have excelled as both a father and a comedy writer.
Reflecting on the reunion, LeBlanc shared that when the cast gets together, it feels as though no time has passed. Their connection is immediate and genuine.
LeBlanc also showed support for Perry by attending his playwriting debut, The End of Longing, which premiered in London's West End in 2016. He shared a post-show photo of Perry, praising him and the rest of the cast.
The loss of Perry has deeply affected the entire Friends cast. In a joint statement, they expressed their devastation and emphasized that they were more than just colleagues; they were a family. They requested time to grieve and process the loss before sharing further thoughts.
LeBlanc, along with Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, and Schwimmer, later attended Perry's funeral service in Los Angeles, paying their final respects.
Matthew Perry's legacy as a beloved actor, his humor, and his contribution to Friends will forever be cherished by millions of fans.