Matthew Perry was widely mourned this weekend by friends, co-stars and some very famous fans, including his childhood classmate, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; His ‘Friends’ mother Morgan Fairchild; And even the singer Adele.
Perry, who played Chandler Bing on NBC’s “Friends” for 10 seasons, was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Saturday. He was 54 years old.
“This is really where our hearts are broken,” “Friends” co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, along with executive producer Kevin Bright, said in a joint statement Sunday.
“We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Matthew,” Kaufman, Crane and Bright wrote. “We will always cherish the joy, the light, the dazzling intelligence he brought to every moment – not only in his work, but in life. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the He was loving, giving and selfless at heart.”
Perry’s family also provided a statement to People Magazine, writing that they were deeply saddened by the loss.
“As both an actor and friend, Matthew brought so much joy to the world,” the family said. “You all mean so much to her and we appreciate your tremendous love.”
Others, some who knew him, some who did not, took to social media to express their grief.
Trudeau, who attended elementary school with Perry while their parents worked together, wrote a tribute to x, formerly Twitter. Trudeau wrote, “I will never forget the school games we used to play, and I know people around the world will never forget the joy they gave them.” “Thank you for making us all laugh, Matthew. You are loved – and you will be missed.”
Perry’s mother served as press secretary to Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, when he was Prime Minister.
‘I like what they did for us’
Adele took some time to talk about him during her show in Las Vegas on Saturday night. She recalled how his work had made her laugh and said that even though she had never met him, sometimes there’s a strange thing when an entertainer dies that makes you feel personally sad. . “I just want to say how much I love what they did for us,” she told the cheering crowd.
Saturday Night Live also showed a tribute card for Perry during the weekend episode. Perry once hosted the show in 1997, featuring a sketch where he played Matt LeBlanc’s character Joey and Colin Quinn played Chandler.
Morgan Fairchild, who played Chandler’s mother on “Friends”, wrote on X, that she was “saddened by the untimely death of my ‘son’.”
“The loss of such a talented young actor is a shock. “I’m sending love and condolences to his friends and family, especially his father,” Fairchild wrote, who also worked with Perry’s father, actor John Bennett Perry, on several television series.
Another “Friends” co-star, Maggie Wheeler, who played his girlfriend Janice, wrote, “The joy you brought to so many people in your short lifetime will live on forever. Shared by us I feel so blessed by every creative moment that has gone by.”
Selma Blair, who also appeared in an episode of “Friends,” posted on Instagram that she was “heartbroken.” “My oldest boyfriend,” Blair wrote. “We all loved Matthew Perry, and I especially did. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I’m broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams. “
Many Hollywood actors contacted Perry, who had worked steadily on screen since childhood.
Wendell Pierce, who worked with Perry on “The Odd Couple,” wrote on X that for two years, “Matthew Perry was my boss, my co-worker, and a kind, funny man. I pray and hope That he is at peace.”
Shannen Doherty shared a photo on Instagram and reflected on their friendship, which featured on “Beverly Hills 90210,” and once included a Valentine’s Day date in Malibu.
“We were a gang a long time ago. We all grew up together, going to Formosa… We played dares and Matt had to say ridiculous things to girls in bars. We always had fun and supported each other. You would always find us all together in a booth talking in our own made-up language. And yes, Matt always had a sense of humor,” Doherty wrote. “I could have been more poetic or said things better but right now the shock and sadness is pervasive.”
Writing on Instagram, Gwyneth Paltrow recalled meeting Perry at the Williamstown Theater Festival in the summer of 1993, where they were both performing in a play. The “Friends” pilot was shot but not yet aired. The actor and lifestyle guru remembered Perry as funny, sweet and fun to be with.
He wrote, “We went out to swim in the creeks, drank beer at the local college bar, kissed in the tall grass. It was a magical summer.” “I am extremely saddened today, as are many of us. I hope Matthew rests in peace for a long time. I am truly at peace.”
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