Bradley Whitford has released a statement on the death of Matthew Perry. Perry was found dead at his home on October 28th. He was 54 years old.
Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry starred together on Aaron Sorkin’s short-lived television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. They also crossed paths on Sorkin’s hit show The West Wing, in which Perry guest starred in 3 episodes.
Days after Perry’s passing, Whitford took to Instagram, sharing a video clip of the two from an interview promoting the show. The interview clip perfectly encapsulated the dynamic the two had together—showing them laughing and cutting up.
Also included was a heartfelt caption that described Whitford’s feelings for Perry.
“Matthew Perry made me laugh. Hard,” stated Whitford. “Without substances, Matt had a huge, open heart and a pyrotechnical, joyous brain,” Whitford continued. “I think the most beautiful parts of Matt made him the most vulnerable to the monster that he would have to fight for the rest of his life.”
Bradley Whitford Post Touching Tribute to Matthew Perry
Whitford continued on, sharing more kind words about the late Perry. “I want his parents to know that Matt was kind. Not just to his costar. To everyone.”
“To honor Matt, I hope we can continue the work that mattered most to him: to open our hearts to so many who share his vulnerabilities, to encourage them to get the help they need, and to give them the love and the support they deserve,” said Whitford.
Whitford closed out his statement by saying “I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Matt, to spend some precious time with him, and most of all, to be his friend.”
The Friends cast released a joint statement on the passing of Perry earlier this week.
“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew.,” the statement reads. They then explained that they are more than just castmates, they are family. “There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.”
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