The statement opens by saying, “We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.” Perry’s death was a shock, and as Los Angeles Police Department Captain Scot Williams told the press, the “cause of death may not be known for some time, but at this point, foul play is not suspected.” The lack of answers is difficult for anyone to process, especially those who had an intimate friendship with him.
“In time we will say more, as and when we are able,” the statement from his co-stars continued. “For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.” The message was signed by Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, and Schwimmer. Their words come a day after “Friends” co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane released a joint statement with executive producer Kevin Bright. The statement read as follows:
“We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing,” they wrote. “It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives. He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliche to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words. From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us. We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment — not just to his work, but in life as well. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart.”
Their statement ended with an extension of love to family and friends, declaring that, “This truly is The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken.”