Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox have honored their former colleague Matthew Perry, who passed away, by reminiscing about their top memories with him on the set of Friends.
On Tuesday, after over two weeks since Perry’s passing, LeBlanc shared a heartfelt message on his Instagram page bidding farewell to his dear friend. Accompanied by a series of photos of them as Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing in the popular American sitcom, the 56-year-old LeBlanc wrote: “Matthew, it is with deep sadness that I say goodbye.”
The moments we spent together are truly some of the most cherished memories of my life. It was a privilege to perform alongside you and to have you as my friend.
I will forever have a smile on my face when I remember you and you will always hold a special place in my heart. You will never be forgotten. Soar and be free, my brother.
“Sending lots of love. I assume you’re holding onto the $20 that you owe me.”
Cox also recounted a cherished memory of her deceased co-star.
The actress who portrayed Monica Geller on the show, and who became married to Chandler Bing, expressed her gratitude for the time she spent with Perry. On Instagram, she shared a video from the show and stated, “When you work closely with someone like I did with Matthew, there are countless moments I wish I could share. But for now, here is one of my favorites.”
“The background is that Chandler and Monica were originally intended to have a one-night stand in London. However, due to the audience’s positive response, it ended up being the start of their romantic relationship.”
“Prior to filming, he shared a humorous line for me to deliver. This was a common occurrence with him, as he possessed a great sense of humor and kindness.”
Following Perry’s passing, fellow castmates shared their condolences. Maggie Wheeler, known for her role as Chandler’s recurring love interest Janice Hosenstein, expressed in an Instagram post that she felt grateful for the creative moments she shared with Perry.
Hank Azaria, the voice actor for The Simpsons, portrayed David, a love interest of Phoebe (played by Kudrow) in multiple episodes. In a video shared on his social media, Azaria credited his “genius” friend Perry for aiding in his sobriety.
In 2022, Perry published his book “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” in which he openly discussed his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. Following his passing, the Matthew Perry Foundation was established in his honor, dedicated to carrying on his mission of supporting those facing addiction.
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