A little over a week after Matthew Perry was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Hank Azaria opens up about the Friends star’s emotional funeral.
During a recent interview with The Messenger, Azaria got emotionally candid about the event. “I was at the funeral last weekend,” he explained. “You know, sad. He was a hilarious man, so we would sort of [be] alternatively laughing and crying remembering him.”
Hank Azaria also said it wasn’t just him and the other funeral attendees who lost Matthew Perry. “We’ve all had people we’ve lost. The world really lost him. In a way, it’s nice to have the world sort of sharing with you.”
Along with Azaria, Perry’s Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc also attended the funeral.
Hank Azaria’s discussion about Matthew Perry’s funeral comes just days after the Friends star’s death certificate was released. As previously reported, the document revealed the late actor’s official cause of death is still “deferred.” This is due to Perry’s initial autopsy results being ruled inconclusive pending a toxicology report. The results from the toxicology screening may take weeks or even months to come back.
Perry’s death certificate further revealed that his official time of death was 4:17 p.m. on Oct. 28 at his residence located in Pacific Palisades just outside of Los Angeles. The actor was found in his hot tub unresponsive. After multiple attempts to revive him, first responders declared Perry dead at the scene.
Hank Azaria Gives Matthew Perry Credit For Helping Him to Get Sober
Following the devastating news that Matthew Perry died of suspected drowning, Hank Azaria spoke about how the late actor impacted him and his life over the years. “I’m a sober guy for 17 years,” Azaria explained. “And I wanna say that the night I went into AA, Matthew brought me in.”
Azaria also said that Perry was caring, giving, and wise during the first whole year that the Simpsons star was sober. “We went to meetings together,” Hank continued. “And he totally helped me get sober. And I really wish could’ve, you know, found the – found it in himself to stay with the silver life more consistently.”
Hank Azaria pointed out the death of Matthew Perry was heartbreaking for everyone who loved the Friends star as well as those who knew him personally. “We just missed him. We just missed him. It’s one of the terrible things about this disease, is it just takes away the person you love.”
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