‘Finally free’: Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox pay tribute to Matthew Perry – National


More than two weeks after his demise, the primary of Matthew Perry‘s Friends co-stars have shared private tributes to the late comic.

On Tuesday, each Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox shared recollections to Instagram of their time working with Perry on the hit U.S. sitcom.

LeBlanc, whose character Joey Tribbiani was finest mates and roommates with Perry’s Chandler Bing, shared a collection of photographs from the set of Friends, together with two photos of them embracing.

“Matthew. It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye,” his put up begins.

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“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.

“I will always smile when I think of you and I’ll never forget you. Never. Spread your wings and fly brother you’re finally free.

“Much love. And I guess you’re keeping the 20 bucks you owe me.”

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing.

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Cox, whose character Monica Geller married Chandler Bing, shared an prolonged clip of the acquainted scene the place their characters attempt to cover their one-night stand from their mates.

“I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day,” she started her put up.

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“When you work with someone as closely as I did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments I wish I could share. For now here’s one of my favorites.

“To give a little backstory, Chandler and Monica were supposed to have a one night fling in London. But because of the audience’s reaction, it became the beginning of their love story.

“In this scene, before we started rolling, he whispered a funny line for me to say. He often did things like that. He was funny and he was kind.”

News of Perry’s demise broke late final month after he was discovered “unconscious in a stand-alone jacuzzi” by regulation enforcement officers in his Pacific Palisades residence on Oct. 28. The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed the 54-year-old had been “deceased prior to the first responder’s arrival.” The official explanation for demise has but to be confirmed pending a toxicology report.

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Days later, the surviving solid mentioned they had been mourning the “unfathomable” demise.

Cox, LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer launched a joint assertion to the media saying there have been “so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew.”

“We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.”

The co-stars mentioned they might have extra to say about Perry and his demise “as and when we are able,” including they had been sending their ideas and like to Perry’s household, mates and followers.

Perry’s demise got here one 12 months after the publication of his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, which chronicled his decades-long wrestle with habit to prescription painkillers and alcohol. At the time, Perry mentioned he had been sober for about 18 months.

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Perry, Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc and Schwimmer had been catapulted to worldwide fame shortly after Friends debuted in 1994. The sitcom remained a extremely watched hit all through its 10 seasons and stays well-liked on streaming.

‘Friends’ solid (L-R):, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc in 2000.

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The solid reunited for a reunion particular in 2021 on HBO Max the place Perry talked about their continued bond, which lasted effectively past the tip of the present.

“The best way that I can describe it is after the show was over, at a party or any kind of social gathering, if one of us bumped into each other, that was it. That was the end of the night. You just sat with the person all night long and that was it,” Perry mentioned.

“You apologized to the people you were with, but they had to understand you had met somebody special to you and you were going to talk to that person for the rest of the night,” he continued. “And that’s the way it worked.”

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