Friends guest star Brooke Shields is remembering Matthew Perry for his kindness and effortless ability to make the world smile.
Shields took to Instagram one day after Perry was found dead at his home in LA. She expressed that she initially needed time to process the shock, but she now hopes she can support the actor’s friends and family as they continue to grieve.
“Really struggling to find the words,” she began. “You were so loved, Matthew. I loved you dearly. Thank you for the belly laughs. You brought joy to so many. We already miss you… sending all of my love to your family & friends.”
Along with the caption, Brooke Shields included a screen grab from her appearance alongside Matthew Perry in the 1996 episode, The One After the Super Bowl: Part 1.
In the episode, Shields plays Ericka Ford, an unhinged soap opera fan who has an obsessive crush on Joey. Erika stalks Joey because she believes he is actually Dr. Drake Ramoray. Joey begins a relationship with her, despite the stalking, because he thinks she’s beautiful and has to convince her he’s Drake’s evil twin to break up with her.
Brooke Shields Among Dozens of Co-Stars Mourning Matthew Perry
Brooke Shields is one of many former co-stars who have taken a moment to publicly remember their experiences with Matthew Perry. Friends’ character Janice star Maggie Wheeler was one of the first to speak out following the loss.
“The world will miss you Matthew Perry,” she wrote on Instagram. “The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on. I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”
Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler Bing’s mom in the series, spoke out on X after learning the news.
“I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my ‘son,’ Matthew Perry,” she shared. “The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. I’m sending love & condolences to his friends & family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Flamingo Road & Falcon Crest.“
Matthew Perry passed away on Saturday, Oct. 28. While there is not yet an official cause of death, it is presumed he died after drowning in his hot tub. There were no drugs or alcohol at the scene, and police do not suspect foul play. The actor was 54.
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