After the tragic passing of Matthew Perry, his former Friends cast member Lisa Kudrow has taken to social media to memorialise her co-star.
In a post on Instagram, Kudrow reminisced about when the cast was awaiting whether the show was going to be greenlit by NBC, under the working title Friends Like Us. In a series of thank yous, Kudrow talked about the various memories that she had with Perry, including times playing poker on set and “making me laugh so hard at something you said, that my muscles ached”.
Perry passed away at the age of 54 earlier this month after tragically drowning in a hot tub. He had also been promoting the tell-all book about his life entitled Friends, Lovers and The Big Terrible Thing at the time.
The actor also experienced multiple problems on set, being honest in his memoir about the toll his body had taken at the hands of substances. Kudrow also touched on this aspect of his life, stating, “Thank you for showing up at work when you weren’t well and then, being completely brilliant”.
Kudrow’s heartfelt tribute is one in a long line of tributes in Perry’s memory. Among the other members of the Friends cast, Courtney Cox made a touching tribute, recalling, “I am so grateful for every moment I had with you, Matty, and I miss you every day”. Cox was known for playing Monica Gellar, who would go on to marry Perry’s Chandler Bing in the TV sitcom.
Matt LeBlanc also penned a tribute to Perry, having played Chandler’s best friend on the show, Joey Tribbiani. In a press release, LeBlanc stated, “It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye. The times we had together are honestly among the favourite times of my life”.
Kudrow, best known for playing Phoebe Buffay, concluded her statement by showing her appreciation for Perry’s friendship, saying, “Thank you for all I learned about grace and love through knowing you. Thank you for the time I got to have with you, Matthew”.