Following tributes from Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox, the remainder of the Friends cast has also shared their farewells to fellow actor Matthew Perry. Marked by remembrances from their time on their show, it is clear that the heartfelt messages are just as much for the fans of Friends as they are for the late star, whose untimely death shocked the internet.
Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green, shared an emotional moment from the last season of the series, as well as a screenshot of a conversation between her and Perry. “Making you laugh just made my day,” Perry had texted with a picture of the two laughing together. Aniston’s caption on Instagram read, “Oh boy this one has cut deep… Having to say goodbye to our Matty has been an insane wave of emotions that I’ve never experienced before. We all experience loss at some point in our lives. Loss of life or loss of love. Being able to really SIT in this grief allows you to feel the moments of joy and gratitude for having loved someone that deep. And we loved him deeply. He was such a part of our DNA. We were always the 6 of us. This was a chosen family that forever changed the course of who we were and what our path was going to be.” Referring to the text message, she added, “For Matty, he KNEW he loved to make people laugh. As he said himself, if he didn’t hear the ‘laugh’ he thought he was going to die. His life literally depended on it. And boy did he succeed in doing just that. He made all of us laugh. And laugh hard. In the last couple weeks, I’ve been poring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying then laughing again. I’ll keep them forever and ever. I found one text that he sent me out of nowhere one day. It says it all.
She ended the message with a sweet farewell to Perry: “Matty, I love you so much and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain. I talk to you every day… sometimes I can almost hear you saying ‘could you BE any crazier?’ Rest little brother. You always made my day…”
David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, best friend to Perry’s Chandler, also posted a picture of the two from the set. “Matty, Thank you for ten incredible years of laughter and creativity. I will never forget your impeccable comic timing and delivery. You could take a straight line of dialogue and bend it to your will, resulting in something so entirely original and unexpectedly funny it still astonishes. And you had heart. Which you were generous with, and shared with us, so we could create a family out of six strangers,” he wrote. “This photo is from one of my favorite moments with you. Now it makes me smile and grieve at the same time. I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around—’Could there BE any more clouds?'”
Lisa Kudrow’s tribute came with an old image of her and Perry at a party, with a caption in which she thanked the actor for many things. “Shot the pilot, Friends Like Us, got picked up then immediately, we were at the NBC Upfronts. Then… You suggested we play poker AND made it so much fun while we initially bonded. Thank you for that,” wrote Kudrow, known as Phoebe Buffay on the show. “Thank you for making me laugh so hard at something you said, that my muscles ached, and tears poured down my face EVERY DAY. Thank you for your open heart in a six way relationship that required compromise. And a lot of ‘talking.’ Thank you for showing up at work when you weren’t well and then, being completely brilliant. Thank you for the best 10 years a person gets to have. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for all I learned about GRACE and LOVE through knowing you. Thank you for the time I got to have with you, Matthew.”
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