David Schwimmer has become the latest Friends star to pay tribute to Matthew Perry, who passed away at his home in Los Angeles on October 28th. He was 54 years old.
Taking to Instagram, Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller in the series, shared an image of his character with Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing. The actor began by writing: “Matty, thank you for ten incredible years of laughter and creativity. I will never forget your impeccable comic timing and delivery.”
“You could take a straight line of dialogue and bend it to your will, resulting in something so entirely original and unexpectedly funny it still astonishes. And you had heart. Which you were generous with, and shared with us, so we could create a family out of six strangers,” he continued.
Schwimmer concluded his post by emotionally stating: “This photo is from one of my favorite moments with you. Now it makes me smile and grieve at the same time. I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around— ‘Could there BE any more clouds?’”
Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc have also paid their own individual tributes to Perry. The new statements follow a joint message which was shared by the surviving lead cast members shortly after Perry’s death.
They previously wrote: “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.”
The statement continued: “In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”
As of yet, no cause of death has been revealed for Perry after the initial post-mortem was deemed inconclusive. The actor’s passing is not being treated as suspicious.
See Schwimmer’s tribute below.