The stars of Friends say they are mourning the unthinkable death of Matthew Perry.
“We are all devastated by the loss of Matthew,” Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer said in a joint statement to People on Monday. “We were more than just the cast. We are a family.”
From 1994 to 2004, each of the five actors appeared in every episode of the NBC sitcom’s 10 seasons, alongside Perry, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Saturday at the age of 54.
“There is so much to say, but right now we will take some time to grieve and process this unimaginable loss,” the statement said. “Over time, we will say more as we can. “For now, our thoughts and love are with Matty’s family, friends and everyone who loved him around the world.”
This was the first public statement from Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, or Schwimmer regarding Perry’s death.
After the initial investigation, the Los Angeles County Coroner delayed releasing the cause of death, which could take weeks to determine.
Among those publicly mourning Perry’s death on Monday was Salma Hayek, Perry’s co-star in the 1997 romantic comedy “Fools Rush In,” which Perry said was probably her best movie.
“It took me a few days to process this deep sadness. “A special bond is created when you share your dreams with someone and work towards them together,” Hayek said in an Instagram post. “Over the years, he and I have found ourselves reminiscing about that meaningful time in our lives with a deep sense of nostalgia and gratitude. My friend, you are gone too soon, but I will continue to appreciate your silliness, your perseverance, and your beautiful heart.”
Fans around the world are mourning Perry’s death, including those who posted flowers and heartfelt tributes outside the New York building that served as the show’s exterior.
Others who worked with Perry on Sunday expressed their sadness; these included “Friends” co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane; they also echoed the style of the series’ episode titles, saying that it was “Truly Where Our Hearts Break”.
Morgan Fairchild, who plays the mother of Perry’s Chandler Bing on the series, and Maggie Wheeler, who plays Chandler’s one-time girlfriend Janice, had similar thoughts.