Matthew Perry, the pain of the Friends cast: “We are devastated, we are a family”

We are completely devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just castmates. We are a family”. In a joint statement released at People Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc And David Schwimmerprotagonists of the TV series of the nineties and two thousand Friendspaid tribute to their colleague Matthew Perry, disappeared on October 28th at the age of 54. The actor, who played the character of in the sitcom Chandler Bing, was found lifeless in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home and, as stated by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, an autopsy, now awaiting a toxicology report, will determine the cause of death. “There is so much to say, but right now we will take a moment to grieve and process this loss. Over time we will say more, as and when we can. Now, our thoughts and love are with Matty’s family, his friends and everyone who loved him around the world.”


Perry suffered from problems with addiction and sobriety. In the book Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: a Memoirthe actor said alcoholism problems emerged already during adolescence and addiction to painkillers began after a jet ski accident in 1997. Perry also admitted that he was unable to rewatch the episodes of Friends due to obvious fluctuations in his health: “I was taking 55 Vicodin a day, I weighed 58 kilos, I was on Friends watched by 30 million people – and that’s why I couldn’t watch the show, because I was brutally thin.”


The comedy TV series Friends tells the adventures in New York, punctuated by romantic relationships, of the group of friends formed by Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross And Chandler. Having become a true cultural phenomenon, the show won several Emmy Awards and after 10 seasons the finale, which aired in 2004, reached more than 52 million viewers in the United States, a result that consecrated the episode as the most watched television episode of the 2000s. “It still seems impossible,” said the co-creators of Friends Martha Kauffman And David Cranewhich on October 29th together with the executive producer Kevin Bright they released a joint statement about Perry. “All we can say is that we feel lucky to have had him as part of our lives. He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliché to say that an actor makes him the role, but in Matthew’s case there are no truer words.” The three continued: “From the day we first heard him play the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us. We will always appreciate the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence that he brought to every moment – ​​not only to his work, but also to his life. He was always the funniest person in the room. Furthermore, he was the sweetest, with a generous and selfless heart. We send all our love to his family and friends.”