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Friends co-stars pay emotional tribute after Matthew Perry dies aged 54

Emily Brown

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Friends co-stars pay emotional tribute after Matthew Perry dies aged 54

Featured Image Credit: Vinnie Zuffante/Warner Bros/Getty Images

Matthew Perry is being remembered fondly by those who worked alongside him for 10 years on the hit comedy Friends.

Tributes for the actor have been flooding in since the news of his death broke in the early hours of 29 October, when it was reported that Perry had been found dead at his home in Los Angeles.

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Law enforcement sources have said Perry, who was just 54 years old, was discovered to be unresponsive in his hot tub. There were no signs of foul play or drugs on the scene.

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Spoke out in a joint statement to PEOPLE, the cast said: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss."

Friends ran for 10 years. Credit: Warner Bros.
Friends ran for 10 years. Credit: Warner Bros.

"In time we will say more, as and when we are able," the statement continues. "For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."

The message is then signed by Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.

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Having earned his first acting credit in 1979, before he even became a teenager, Perry worked with a lot of big names over the years.

But it wasn't until he stepped into the spotlight as Chandler Bing on Friends in 1994 that he himself really shot to stardom, becoming one of the world's best-loved TV stars, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.

The actors portrayed a tight-knit group for 10 years before the show came to an end in 2004, and in the wake of Perry's death, those who worked alongside him are now sharing their thoughts about their friend.

Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing on Friends. Credit: Warner Bros.
Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing on Friends. Credit: Warner Bros.
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Also among those sharing tributes to Perry are some of the other cast and crew members he worked with throughout the run of Friends, including his on-again, off-again TV girlfriend, Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice.

The actor shared a snap of her and Perry working together on Friends, writing: "What a loss. The world will miss you Mathew 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."

Paget Brewster, whose character Kathy also had a romance with Perry's Chandler, remembered the actor as being 'lovely' to her on Friends and 'every time [she] saw him in the decades after'.

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"Please read his book. It was his legacy to help," Brewster added. "He won’t rest in peace though.. He’s already too busy making everyone laugh up there."

Perry released his book, Friends, Lovers and The Big Terrible Thing, last year, when he opened up about working on Friends while being addicted to drugs.

Having lived with addiction, Perry spent much of his time using his experience to try and help others stay sober.

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When speaking on the Q with Tom Power podcast in 2022, Perry said he wanted to be remembered as someone who 'lived well, loved well, [and] was a seeker'.

"And his paramount thing is that he wants to help people,” Perry continued. "That's what I want."

Topics: Celebrity, Friends, Jennifer Aniston, TV And Film, Matthew Perry

Emily Brown
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