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The co-creators of Friends all recounted their time working with Perry and the sadness they felt about his passing. In a statement, they said, “We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. 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. It’s a cliche to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words.” They truly couldn’t have chosen a better person to portray the role.
The statement continued on, “From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us. We will always cherish the joy, the light, and the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment – not just to his work, but in life as well. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart. We send all of our love to his family and friends. This truly is The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken.” Considering they worked with Perry for many years, this loss brought a lot of pain (via CBS News).