The news of Matthew Perry's death has left the main cast of Friends devastated. Friends, one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, aired from 1994 to 2004 and starred Perry as the sarcastic Chandler Bing. He shared the spotlight with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer. Perry was found unresponsive in his hot tub on October 28 and was pronounced dead at the age of 54, though the official cause of death has not been revealed.
Just two days after Perry's passing, the main cast of Friends has come together to pay tribute to their late co-star. In a heartfelt joint statement to People, Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, and Schwimmer expressed their deep sorrow.They emphasized that they were more than just cast mates, they were a family. They acknowledged that there is so much to say, but for now, they need time to grieve and process the unimaginable loss. They promised that in time they will share more, but right now their thoughts and love are with Perry's family, friends, and fans around the world.
Following the news of Perry's death, other co-stars from Friends also shared touching tributes to the late actor. Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice, Chandler's on-again-off-again girlfriend, took to social media to express her grief and highlight the lasting impact Perry's life will have. Co-star Hank Azaria, who played David, posted a video tribute calling Perry a genius. Azaria shared fond memories of their friendship, describing Perry as the funniest man ever and comparing his comedy threads to a crescendo of hilarity.
Paget Brewster, who portrayed Chandler's girlfriend Kathy, expressed deep sadness and praised Perry's kindness both during and after their time on Friends. She recommended reading Perry's memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, to truly understand his legacy and the positive impact he made. Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler's mother Nora, expressed heartfelt sorrow, while Selma Blair, who portrayed Chandler's co-worker Wendy, referred to Perry as her oldest boy friend and expressed her broken heart.
Sarah, Duchess of York, who made a cameo appearance in the Friends London episode, also offered her tribute on Instagram. She remembered Perry as a natural talent, comedian, and brilliant actor, and expressed her sadness at losing him so early in life.
The statements from Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, and Schwimmer are particularly significant, as they were the primary stars of Friends. Their tribute reflects the close bond they shared with Perry and the care they took in crafting a fitting tribute for their beloved friend and co-star. While we can expect more from the main cast in the future, for now, they are focused on remembering and honoring the incredible talent and person that Matthew Perry was.
Friends, a popular sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, captivated audiences from 1994 to 2004. The show followed the lives of six twentysomethings navigating relationships and comical misadventures in New York City. It became a cultural phenomenon and left a lasting impact on television history.