Matthew Perry death: Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow breaks silence, co-stars share tributes

Publish Date
Monday, 30 October 2023, 11:41AM

Matthew Perry’s Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay alongside Perry’s Chandler Bing, is reportedly “baffled” by his death.

The actress has said “the gang” are struggling to believe he is gone, and spoke of adopting his dog and attending the funeral along with the rest of his castmates.

A source close to Kudrow told the Daily Mail, “This does not seem real or fair to her or any of the gang, because Matthew was finally at peace with himself and was having the best year of his life since his book launch almost exactly one year ago. He was enjoying life.

“He was closer than ever to his folks and actively engaged in his sobriety. She is baffled on what caused his death.”

Perry’s official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Kudrow’s co-stars Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Courtney Cox are yet to comment.

Meanwhile, Friends fans have gathered outside the New York building used in the hit show. Tributes have been laid outside the Greenwich Village building that was used for external shots for the comedy, that was filmed mainly in Los Angeles. The Daily Mail reported that some left notes, and one grieving fan left a single cigarette in reference to the episode where Perry’s character Chandler Bing attempted to give up smoking.

The iconic show’s co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane shared a statement on social media earlier today, writing on X of Perry, “We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives.

First published by NZ Herald and reshared here with permission. 

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