Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane are reflecting on their last conversation with Matthew Perry. In a sneak peek of the upcoming episode of the Today show, the famous television writers shared with host Hoda Kotb the positive final exchange they had with the late actor just two weeks before his untimely passing.
Kauffman, 67, recalled the conversation fondly, stating, "It was great. He was happy and full of energy. He didn't seem burdened by anything. He was genuinely in a good place, which is why this news feels so unjust."
On Saturday, the news broke that Perry, best known for his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing on Friends, was found dead in his Los Angeles home due to an apparent drowning. The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that emergency response arrived at the residence around 4:07 p.m. after being notified by a bystander who had discovered Perry submerged in a freestanding jacuzzi. Firefighters promptly pulled him out but sadly, he was already deceased.
Upon learning of Perry's passing, Kauffman, Crane, and executive producer Kevin Bright released a heartfelt joint statement expressing their shock and deep sadness. They confessed their struggle to process the fact that Perry is no longer with them, remarking, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved friend Matthew. It still feels unimaginable. We feel incredibly fortunate to have had him in our lives. He was a remarkable talent. It's become cliché to say that an actor truly embodies a role, but in Matthew's case, no words ring truer. From the moment we heard him bring Chandler Bing to life, there was no one else for us."
The statement continued, "We will forever cherish the joy, brilliance, and unparalleled wit he brought to every occasion – not just onscreen, but in his approach to life as well. He was consistently the funniest person in the room, but more importantly, he had the kindest and most selfless heart. Our love and support go out to his family and friends."
The cast of Friends, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer, also shared their grief through a joint statement, emphasizing their deep connection and describing themselves as a family. They expressed their difficulty in processing the loss and stated that they needed time to grieve and comprehend this unfathomable tragedy.
As everyone mourns the loss of a beloved actor, further statements and tributes are expected to follow in honor of Perry's memory.