Following the news that Matthew Perry unexpectedly passed away at the age of 54 on Saturday (October 28th) in Los Angeles, his Friends co-stars are reportedly “reeling” from the shocking news.
A source told PageSix that Friends castmates Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow are preparing to release a joint statement about Perry. “The cast is reeling from the loss of their brother,” the insider told the media outlet. “Because that’s what Matty was – their brother. It’s just devastating. The entire cast are close, they will be devastated, because they were together through the best of times and worst of times.”
Matthew Perry had spoken about how close he and the rest of the Friends co-stars were during the show’s reunion in 2021. The best I can describe it, after the show was over if we were at a party and one of us bumped into each other, that was it,” the actor explained. “That was the end of the night. You apologized to the people you were with but they had to understand. You met somebody special to you and you were going to talk to that person for the rest of the night.”
Perry reportedly passed away at his Los Angeles area home. Authorities found the late actor in one of the residence’s jacuzzis while responding to a cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office is now investigating the official cause of death. No illicit drugs in the house and authorities do not suspect foul play.
Matthew Perry Praised Jennifer Aniston For Continuing to Check In On Him After ‘Friends’ Ended
While speaking to Diane Sawyer in October 2022, Matthew Perry spoke about how Jennifer Aniston would continuously check up on him after Friends ended in 2004. “She was the one that reached out the most,” Perry stated about Aniston. “You know, I’m really grateful for that.”
Perry also stated that Aniston was the one who confronted him about his drug and alcohol condition. This was after the symptoms of his addictions became very prominent. “‘We know you’re drinking,’” Perry quoted Aniston. Perry couldn’t help but think about how terrifying the situation was. “Yeah, imagine how scary a moment that was. 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.”
Along with speaking to Sawyer about his addictions, Perry told People that he had taken as many as 55 Vicodin pills per day. “I didn’t know how to stop,” he admitted. Thankfully, his co-stars stepped in to help. “[They] were understanding, and they were patient. It’s like penguins. Penguins, in nature, when one is sick, or when one is very injured, the other penguins surround it and prop it up. They walk around it until that penguin can walk on its own. That’s kind of what the cast did for me.”
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