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Courteney Cox breaks silence on Matthew Perry's death with emotional memory from Friends

The Friends star tragically passed away on October 28 aged 54

Matthew Perry and actress Courteney Cox Arquette mingle at the AFI Associates luncheon honoring Hollywood's Arquette family with the 6th Annual "Platinum Circle Award" held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 10, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California© Getty Images
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
November 14, 2023
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Courteney Cox is now the second of the Friends stars to break their silence on Matthew Perry's death with a heartfelt tribute, following Matt LeBlanc's own emotional post.

The actress, 59, shared a clip of their characters Chandler Bing and Monica Geller's first ever romantic encounter during the group's visit to London at the end of the show's fourth season.

She shared a blooper clip from the episode that showcased how much her late co-star helped improvise some of the show's most iconic moments (over the course of its 10 season run from 1994-2004) and penned a heartbreaking message alongside it.

Matthew Perry: The One Where We All Lost a Friend

"I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day," she wrote.

"When you work with someone as closely as I did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments I wish I could share. For now here's one of my favorites."

She explained: "To give a little backstory, Chandler and Monica were supposed to have a one night fling in London. But because of the audience's reaction, it became the beginning of their love story.

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"In this scene, before we started rolling, he whispered a funny line for me to say. He often did things like that. He was funny and he was kind."

Courteney's tribute comes mere hours after Matt's own words for his co-star and on-screen best friend, including several photos that captured memories of Chandler and Joey Tribbiani's hijinks.

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Matt wrote: "Matthew, it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye," adding: "The times we had together are honestly among the favorite times of my life."

Matthew as Chandler Bing on Friends © Getty Images
Courteney is the second of the Friends stars to pay tribute to Matthew Perry

He continued: "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."

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The cast of Friends first broke their silence on Matthew's passing in a statement to People on October 31. It read: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family."

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"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" they continued, concluding with: "For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."

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This is the first time any of the core cast members have publicly shared their personal sentiments on Matthew's loss, which happened on October 28 in a tragic drowning accident.

FRIENDS stars Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay  © NBC
The cast members first broke their silence with a joint statement released on October 31st

However, all five were seen in attendance at his funeral on November 3rd in Los Angeles and have since then taken time away from the public eye to grieve with loved ones.

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