In late October, Matthew Perry suddenly died in his California home. The news was unexpected, especially for Perry’s “Friends” co-stars. Perry spent 10 years alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer, as they all starred in one of the biggest sitcoms in television history. The cast famously grew close with one another and many expected them to react to the news of Perry’s death immediately. However, it took some time.
Days after Perry died, the co-stars broke their silence in a joint statement, per People. They said, “We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.” The cast promised to speak out about Perry’s death in the future as they processed their grief and they are slowly keeping true to that promise.
Just hours before Cox posted her tribute to Perry, LeBlanc shared a touching memory of his “Friends” co-star on social media as well. He wrote, “Matthew. It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye. The times we had together are honestly among the favorite times of my life. It was an honor to share the stage with you and to call you my friend.” LeBlanc promised to never forget his co-star and friend before throwing one last jab at Perry. He joked, “And I guess you’re keeping the 20 bucks you owe me.”