Jennifer Aniston shared a moving tribute to her late “Friends” co-star Matthew Perry, who died on October 28 at the age of 54.
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Aniston wrote, “OMG this one was profound…Having to say goodbye to our Matty was an insane rush of emotions 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 truly sit with that grief allows you to feel the moments of joy and gratitude for having loved someone so deeply. And we loved him deeply.
Aniston continued: “He was so much a part of our DNA. It was always the 6 of us. It was a chosen family that forever changed the course of who we were and what our path would be. For Matty, he KNEW he loved making people laugh. As he said himself, if he didn’t hear the “laughter”, he thought he was going to die. His life literally depended on it. And that’s exactly what he managed to do. He made us all laugh. And laugh hard. Over the past two weeks, I’ve been texting each other. Laugh and cry then laugh again. I will keep them forever and ever. I found a text he sent me out of nowhere one day. All is said. »
The text in question reads: “Making you laugh just made my day. It made my day,” alongside a photo of the two of them laughing while reading a script.
“Matty, I love you so much and I know that you are now completely at peace and out of all pain,” Aniston concluded. “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…”
After initially sharing a joint statement, Perry’s “Friends” co-stars have posted individual tributes in recent days, sharing their favorite memories of the late actor.
Shortly after Aniston shared her tribute, David Schwimmer wrote his own memory of Perry alongside a photo of them on the set of “Friends.”
“Thank you for ten incredible years of laughter and creativity. I will never forget your impeccable timing and delivery,” Schwimmer wrote. “You could take a straight line of dialogue and bend it to your liking, resulting in something so entirely original and so funny that it still surprises. And you had heart. Which you were generous with and shared with us, so that we could create a family with six strangers.
Schwimmer continued: “This photo is from one of my favorite moments with you. Now it makes me smile and cry at the same time. I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around: “Could there be more clouds?” »
Courteney Cox, who played Monica on the sitcom opposite Perry’s Chandler, shared her favorite clip from their scenes together on Tuesday.
“I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day,” Cox wrote. “When you work with someone as close as I did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments I wish I could share.”
Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey on the show, also said goodbye to Perry in a social media post Tuesday. “It was an honor to share the stage with you and call you my friend,” he said. “I will always smile when I think of you and I will never forget you. Never.”