Originally published on E! On-line
“We are all deeply devastated by the loss of Matthew,” the Five Stars began in a joint statement People. “We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.”
They continued: “There is so much to say, but for now we will take a moment to grieve and process this incredible loss.”
The cast said they would talk more about the tragedy in the future.
“Over time we will say more as we are able,” Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc and Schwimmer added. “Right now our thoughts and love are with Matty’s family, his friends and everyone who loved him around the world.”
Perry – who captivated fans around the world with his performance as Chandler Bing on “Friends” – died on October 28 after apparently drowning at his home in California, his representative and a law enforcement source confirmed to NBC News. He was 54.
According to law enforcement, the incident was “treated as a water rescue” and there was no apparent foul play.
After the news of his death broke, she became an actress Maggie Wheeler— who played Perry’s heartbroken Janice on “Friends” — reflected on their time together.
Hank Azaria pays tribute to Matthew Perry in emotional Instagram video. On Sunday, the “Simpsons” actor reflected on his pal’s sudden death and credited the “Friends” star with helping him get sober.
“Mathew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too short life will live on,” she continued Instagram Oct. 28 alongside a photo with Perry on the sitcom. “I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.”
Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane and series executive producer Kevin Bright also paid tribute to the late star.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the death of our beloved friend Perry,” they said in a joint statement obtained by NBC News on Oct. 29. “It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as a part of our lives.
“He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliché to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Perry’s case there are no more accurate words,” the trio continued. “From the day we first heard him portray the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us. We will always treasure the joy, the light, the dazzling intelligence that he brought to every moment – not just in his work, but in life too. He was always the funniest person in the room.
Additionally, they said Perry had a generous and selfless heart.
“We send all our love to his family and friends,” they concluded. “This is truly where our hearts are broken.”