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‘Friends’ Cast ‘Destroyed’ Over Matthew Perry News in First Texts

‘Friends’ Cast ‘Destroyed’ Over Matthew Perry News in First Texts

In the hours after news started spreading about Matthew Perry’s death, Friends cast members could not believe it. A report says cast members were “destroyed” upon hearing the news about Perry. Friends director James Burrows offered an inside look into how responded to the news.

“I had texted the girls the day we found out,” Burrows said in an interview with TV Guide. “They were destroyed. It’s a brother dying.”

The New York Post reports that Perry’s autopsy is complete. The Los Angeles County coroner, though, ordered more tests on the body, including a toxicology report. These tests take a while. It’s not clear when final reports will be made available.

Perry, 54, was found dead in his hot tub. He reportedly had a heart attack or some cardiac arrest incident which led to his demise.

Earlier, the remaining Friends cast members issued a statement. “We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. (And) We are a family,” their statement reads.

‘Friends’ Cast Members Issued Initial Statement

“There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. 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.”

That statement comes from Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Jennifer Aniston.

TMZ published a report on Wednesday. It said that investigators ran a less in-depth test on the actor. This report also revealed that he did not have fentanyl or meth in his system at the time of his death.

A source says to TMZ that prescription medications were recovered. They will be part of the review. This is common practice.

Burrows, on Thursday, Burrows called Perry “incredibly inventive. He was inventive with how he did a line,” he said. “The reading [scripts] around the table. Matthew had a certain way of turning a line.”

Perry’s death was a shock to Burrows. He said that he needed “a couple of days to just let it soak in.

“He was part of a family and he was the first one to not be part of that family anymore,” he told “Today.” The director continued, “He was really funny. He was a little awkward, too. Chandler was awkward. And Matthew was awkward. So it was a perfect, perfect meld.”

Perry was quite open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. It was his goal to help another person suffering from the same kind of afflictions.

Many other celebrities came out and offered their condolences after news about Perry’s death spread.