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Celebrities’ Heartfelt Reactions To Matthew Perry Passing

Monica November 3, 2023

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).

NBC News

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).