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Matt LeBlanc Shares a Moving Tribute Post for Matthew Perry: "You're Finally Free"
LeBlanc honored his late Friends co-star with some sentimental photos from their time on the show.
Friends star Matt LeBlanc recently payed tribute to his late co-star and friend Matthew Perry, who died at the age of 54 on October 28.
On LeBlanc's official Instagram page on November 14, he posted a series of photos of himself and Perry on various Friends episodes, including a behind-the-scenes snapshot with Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow all embracing in a group hug.
The caption was overwhelmingly touching and genuine, as Sarah McLachlan's version of "The Rainbow Connection" played over the post.
Matt LeBlanc's tribute to the late Matthew Perry
"Matthew It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye. The times we had together are honestly among the favorite times of my life. It was an honor to share the stage with you and to call you my friend. I will always smile when I think of you and I’ll never forget you. Never. Spread your wings and fly brother you’re finally free. Much love. And I guess you’re keeping the 20 bucks you owe me," LeBlanc sentimentally wrote.
What other Friends actors have said about Matthew Perry's death
"We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew," it reads. "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. 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."
Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice, also had nothing but kind words to say about Perry. "Matthew was an incredibly generous actor. There was no single time I stepped onto a stage with him that I did not feel lifted by his brilliance," she said. "Even in his darkest moments his comedic timing was impeccable. Matthew suffered so terribly as his book revealed to the world. I hope he is at peace beyond that suffering. He died way too soon and will be missed by all who loved and knew him in life, and as the beloved Chandler Bing.”
Morgan Fairchild, who played Nora Bing, Chandler's mother, gave a statement to CNN This Morning about his passing.
“The audience has grown up with Matt as their best friend, the person they wanted to be, the person they wanted to meet, know and have as a friend," she said. "I think that one of the bravest things that he did in his career and his life was to go public, to write [Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir], to reach out to other people, to try to be of help to other people. And that was one of the most endearing things about him.”
She continued, "He was just a very endearing, fun, wonderful, wonderful guy, and I send my love and condolences to his family. I just felt that I should do something because for millions of people who watch the show, they sometimes think of me as his mom.”