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Matthew Perry praised co-star Jennifer Aniston for checking on him after Friends finished filming

Rhiannon Ingle

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Matthew Perry praised co-star Jennifer Aniston for checking on him after Friends finished filming

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People all over the globe have been devastated by the news that beloved Friends star, Matthew Perry, has passed away.

The 54-year-old actor was reportedly found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence, after an apparent drowning on Saturday (28 October).

A cause of death has not been released and an investigation remains ongoing.

Tributes have since flooded in for the late Friends star, with many remembering Perry and all his greatest moments.

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One of which saw him praise his co-star Jennifer Aniston for checking on him after the sitcom finished filming its 10-year run.

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The news of his death was first confirmed by a statement from NBC - the network which aired Friends.

"We are incredibly saddened by the too soon passing of Matthew Perry," it wrote.

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"He brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world with his pitch-perfect comedic timing and wry wit.

"His legacy will live on through countless generations."

Perry became famous around the world after starring as Chandler Bing in the fan-favourite programme alongside Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.

Just last year, he opened about how Aniston stayed in close contact with him throughout the ups and downs of his addiction struggles and his subsequent sobriety journey.

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Matthew Perry and Rachel Aniston starred on Friends together. Credit: Getty Images
Matthew Perry and Rachel Aniston starred on Friends together. Credit: Getty Images

"She was the one that reached out the most. You know, I'm really grateful to her for that," Perry said of Aniston in interview with Diane Sawyer back in October of 2022.

He also revealed that it was Aniston who was the first to confront him, during their time filming the show, when his addiction started to become evident to his fellow cast mates.

"Jennifer, she says, 'We know you're drinking,'" Sawyer said in the interview to which he responded: "Yeah, imagine how scary a moment that was."

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"I should have been the toast of the town, but I was in a dark room meeting with nothing but drug dealers and completely alone," he later added.

In an interview with The LA Times in April of this year, the actor opened up about his legacy and said he didn't want work to be the main thing he'd be known for after death.

Addressing how he'd like to be remembered, he said: "As a guy who lived life, loved well, lived well, and helped people. That running into me was a good thing, and not something bad."

Perry passed away over the weekend (28 October). Credit: Warner Bros. Television
Perry passed away over the weekend (28 October). Credit: Warner Bros. Television
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Perry also offered fans a look into his personal life in his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, which was published in 2022. The icon openly discussed his career as well as his struggles with addiction.

"Not only do I have the disease, but I also have it bad,” he wrote. "I have it as bad as you can have it, in fact. It’s back-to-the-wall time all the time. It’s going to kill me."

TMZ reported that no drugs were found at the scene of Perry’s death.

Law enforcement told the gossip site that first responders were initially called to Perry’s home for a 'water rescue'. No foul play is expected at this time but the investigation is ongoing.

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

Rhiannon Ingle
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