The cast of Friends has released a joint statement following the death of co-star Matthew Perry.
Shared with multiple media outlets including People, Entertainment Tonight and NBC News, the brief message reads:
“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.”
It continues, “In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”
The statement is signed by Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.
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Matthew, who played the sarcastic and loveable Chandler Bing on the iconic series, passed away on October 28.
Warner Bros. Television Group (which produced the iconic series) confirmed the sad news in a statement to Deadline:
“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will love on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans.”
LAPD Officer Drake Madison confirmed to the Associated Press that law enforcement attended a home “for a death investigation of a male in his 50s” however no further details were confirmed.
A number of Matthew’s friends and colleagues have shared tributes for the late actor online, including Salma Hayek who worked with him on the film Fools Rush In.
In a post on Instagram she writes, “Two days ago, I woke up to the shocking news that Matthew Perry is no longer with us. It’s taken me a couple of days to process this profound sadness. There is a special bond that happens when you share dreams with someone, and together you work towards them. I was very moved last year when Matthew shared on his Instagram stories how much he loved ‘Fools Rush In,’ and how he thought that that film we did together was probably his best movie. Throughout the years, he and I found ourselves reminiscing about that meaningful time in our lives with a deep sense of nostalgia and gratitude. My friend, you are gone much too soon, but I will continue to cherish your silliness, your perseverance, and your lovely heart. Farewell, sweet Matthew, we will never forget you.”
He was 54 years old.
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