Friends co-stars Maggie Wheeler and Morgan Fairchild have paid tribute to their co-star Matthew Perry, who has passed away at the age of 54.
The actor, best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit US comedy Friends, died following a tragic accident at his home in Los Angeles on 28 October.
Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice Hosenstein, Chandler's on-off girlfriend in the early series, shared her heartfelt tribute on Instagram. "What a loss," she wrote alongside a picture of them together. "The world will miss you Matthew Perry. The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on."
Morgan Fairchild, who portrayed Chandler's mother Nora Bing in the show, expressed her sorrow on Twitter. "I'm heartbroken about the untimely death of my 'son', Matthew Perry." she tweeted. She added: "The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock."
Paget Brewster, who played Chandler’s girlfriend Kathy in season four of Friends, also paid tribute. She wrote: “He was lovely to me on Friends and every time I saw him in the decades after. Please read his book. It was his legacy to help. He won’t rest in peace though. He’s already too busy making everyone laugh up there.”
Matthew, known for his role in Friends and nominated for an Emmy, starred with Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox who played Monica Geller, his on-screen wife.
In 2021, the actors reunited on screen for the first time since the show ended its successful 10-year run in 2004, having become a pop culture sensation.
Matthew's other TV work includes Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. He also starred in several films, including Fools Rush In, with Salma Hayek and his father John.
Mira Sorvino, US actress and co-star with Perry in the 1994 film Parallel Lives, tweeted: "Oh no!!! Matthew Perry!! You sweet, troubled soul!!"
"May you find peace and happiness in Heaven, making everyone laugh with your singular wit!!!"
Selma Blair, star of Legally Blonde, described Perry as her "oldest boy friend". Sharing a photo of them together, she said: "All of us loved Matthew Perry, and I did especially. Every day. I loved him unconditionally. And he me. And I'm broken. Broken hearted. Sweet dreams Matty. Sweet dreams."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also paid tribute to Matthew, having attended the same school. He said: "Matthew Perry's passing is shocking and saddening. I'll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them.
"Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew. You were loved and you will be missed."
Actor Wendell Pierce, who starred in the remake of The Odd Couple with Matthew, wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “Damn. For two years Matthew Perry was my boss, my colleague, and a giving, kind, funny man. I pray and hope he is at peace.”
Matthew Perry was a beloved figure on TV during the 10 series of Friends.
Warner Bros, the entertainment company behind Friends, said in a statement: "Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros Television Group family."
"The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many.
"This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans."
While on the show, Perry battled with addiction and anxiety, which he detailed in his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, published in 2022.
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