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Celebrities’ Heartfelt Reactions To Matthew Perry Passing

Monica November 3, 2023
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Kathleen Turner

Turner played Chandler’s transgender father on Friends. She spoke about her experience with her TV son, saying, “He came to see one of my Broadway shows and he came backstage. When he saw me, he yelled out, ‘Hey Dad’ and everyone thought it was pretty cool. I think it was for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.'” Even though she hadn’t seen Perry in nearly a decade, she still remembers his quirky personality. She went on to say, “I liked him. He had a good sense of humor and a good heart. He liked other people, which, to me, is important, especially for an actor. It’s extremely sad when you think about how young [he was] and a pity he couldn’t get more control.” She’ll always cherish the times she enjoyed with Perry (via People).


Olivia Munn

In an Instagram post, actress Olivia Munn recalled how Perry struggled with addiction. In an Instagram story post, she wrote, “He struggled with so much addiction and was brave enough to be open and honest about it. I’m so sorry to his family and friends who are getting this news today. Nothing short of heartbreaking. Rest in love, Matthew Perry.” (via In Style).

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One of the most famous singers in the world, Adele reacted to Perry’s sudden passing. Even though she never met the actor in person, it doesn’t mean she didn’t appreciate and value him from afar. She paid her tributes to Perry at her show, saying, “I’ll remember that character for the rest of my life. He’s probably the best comedic character of all time.” She praised him for his openness and ability to be “so open with his struggles with addiction and sobriety,” which is “incredibly, incredibly brave.”

She went on to say, “It is always so shocking, especially someone who made you laugh and who brought so much joy to your life that you don’t know. This is what I find so strange, I never met him in my life. There is something, you feel so sad about it especially because you don’t necessarily know what was going on.” And even though none of us have ever met Perry, we can safely say it feels like we know him, even if slightly. She recalled a time from childhood and how much of an impact Perry had on her life. “One of my favorite memories of when I was younger, with my friends, and one of my friends Andrew when I was 12 did the best Chandler impression, and he would do it all the time to make us laugh. And if anyone was having a bad day or feeling low, he would pretend to be Chandler. And I will remember that character for the rest of my life.” (via Rolling Stone).


Shannon Doherty

As a co-star of Perry’s on Beverly Hills 90210, Doherty shared her happiest memory. She said, “We were a gang way back. We all grew up together going to the North and constantly laughing. Matt, Roger, David, Roxana. We played dare and Matt had to say ridiculous things to girls at the bar. We just always had fun and supported each other. You would always find us all together in a booth speaking in made-up language. And yes, Matt always had THAT sense of humor.” The two have known each other for nearly three decades.

She went on to say, “Matt and I had a date and it was on Valentine’s Day. He wanted to get a reservation at a restaurant in Malibu but couldn’t so my dad got the reservation for him. We went and he talked about my dad’s Irish persuasiveness for the majority of the night. Our friendship spanned a long time. A lifetime really. I know many are hurting, especially our little gang. He will be missed by many and definitely by us. Yes. I could be more poetic or say things better but right now, shock and sadness prevail.” The happiest memories she has with Perry will live on (via Instagram).


Paul Rudd

On the final two seasons of Friends, Pal Rudd appeared as the husband of Phoebe. He wrote a message on his Instagram for Perry, saying, “Words can’t express how saddened I am to hear of Matthew’s passing. You will be missed so so so dearly.” (via CBS News).


George Takei

On Twitter, George Takei said, “What a tragic piece of news to read. My heart goes out to his loved ones and long-time cast mates.” It’s a short, yet sweet way to remember Perry and the impact he had on the lives of so many people (via Twitter).


Meredith Salenger

Back in 1988, Salenger worked on A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon with Matthew Perry. They’ve known each other since they were 16 years old. That’s a friendship that goes way back. Salenger wrote, “I’m incredibly saddened to hear of Matthew Perry’s passing today. His gift to the world will be remembered forever. Sending love to Matthew’s family, friends, co-stars, and millions of fans around the world.” (via Instagram).

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Warner Bros – The Producers of Friends

Warner Bros, the studio that produced Friends, reacted to Perry’s death when they heard the news on Saturday. They said, “We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. 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.” Perry touched the lives of millions of people and celebs around the world (via CBS News).


The Ottawa Senators Hockey Team

We know Perry was half American, half Canadian, so it only makes sense that his hometown hockey team Ottawa Senators paid their tributes. They wrote, “Saddened to learn about the passing of Matthew Perry, one of Ottawa’s proudest sons and 𝑡ℎ𝑒 biggest hockey fan.” They posted a video of him happily attending one of their games (via Twitter).


New York City

Even though a city itself isn’t necessarily a celebrity, we still want to acknowledge the memorial that fans from around the world have put in front of the Friends apartment on 90 Bedford Street in Manhattan. This Twitter account said, “New Yorkers have created a Memorial for Matthew Perry outside of the “Friends” apartment in the West Village, New York City.” If you’re in NYC, you can visit this location and see just how much fans from around the globe loved Perry (via Twitter).


Friends Cast

Perry’s Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc are currently all processing and grieving the loss of their co-star Matthew Perry. While they’re taking time to process what happened, they said in a statement, “We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. 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. It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives. He was a brilliant talent.”

Perry was an important member of their family, and the show obviously would not have been the same without him. They went on to say, “It’s a cliche to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words. From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us.” He was the funniest in the room and always performed with all of his heart (via People).