The stars of Friends have received support from fans following Perry’s death (Picture: Backgrid)
Fans and celebrities have been mourning his death across the globe with heartfelt tributes, remembering how much joy he brought to their lives through his acting, while also honouring the pivotal work he did to help others who suffered from addiction after opening up about his own struggles.
The lead members of the cast – Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow – have released a heartbreaking joint statement following Perry’s death, describing him as ‘family’.
‘We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,’ they said in the statement sent to People.
‘There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.
Perry died aged Saturday aged 54 (Picture: Rich Fury/Invision/AP File)
‘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.’
On Monday October 30, Schwimmer, 56, was pictured in New York a couple of days after the death of his late friend.
Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller in Friends, was seen accepting a food delivery order on Monday (Picture: T.Jackson/Backgrid/Tyja)
The actor was photographed in New York (Picture: T.Jackson/Backgrid/Tyja)
The actor could be seen accepting a food delivery, wearing a grey T-shirt and a blue and white cap with a pair of shorts, and partially concealing his face with a black mask.
At one point, he gestured a peace sign with his left hand, which might be interpreted as the Madagascar star sharing a moment of solidarity with Friends fans. However, it could have also been a signal to the delivery driver.
Schwimmer was also spotted at a separate point in a different outfit, standing outside in a pair of jeans, a dark blue hoodie and a black puffer jacket with the same cap and a white mask.
Schwimmer was seen giving a peace sign, perhaps in the direction of the delivery driver (Picture: T. Jackson/Backgrid/Tyja)
The actor was also pictured wearing a puffer jacket while outside (Picture: T. Jackson/Backgrid/Tyja)
The stars of Friends reunited for a TV special in 2021 (Picture: T. Jackson/Backgrid)
Following Perry’s death, stars of Friends have been among those expressing their devastation over their loss.
Hank Azaria, who played Phoebe’s on-off boyfriend David on the sitcom, revealed how the late actor – who was open about his addiction struggles – helped him with his own sobriety.
‘We both went to [AA] meetings together – I got to tell him this, as a sober person, he was so caring and giving and wise and he helped me get sober,’ the actor shared.
Morgan Fairchild, who portrayed Chandler’s mother Nora Bing, wrote in her tribute: ‘I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my “son”, Matthew Perry. The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. And such a sweet, caring man, too!
Friends is one of the most popular TV shows of all time (Picture: Jon Ragel/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Perry’s Chandler was a fan-favourite character on Friends (Picture:Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
‘I’m sending love and condolences to his friends and family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Falcon Crest & Flamingo Rd. Lovely family and such a heavy loss!’
Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Janice Hosenstein penned: ‘What a loss.The world will miss you Matthew Perry . The joy you brought to so many in your too short lifetime will live on.
‘I feel so very blessed by every creative moment we shared.’
Perry’s family said in a statement that they were ‘heartbroken’.
‘We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother,’ they said in the statement sent to People.
‘Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend.’
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Friends stars across the globe are mourning the death of the beloved actor.