An emotional moment from the Friends reunion special has gone viral following the shock death of Chandler Bing actor Matthew Perry at just 54.
In the clip, Matthew speaks about the impact the show and his co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, had on his life, thanking them for the memories they created over the show's run.
"The best way that I can describe it is, after the show was over, at a party or any kind of social gathering, if one of us bumped into each other, that was it, that was the end of the night," he shared. "You just sat with the person all night long, that was it."
The star continued, "You apologised to the people you were with, but they had to understand that you met somebody special to you and you were going to talk to that person for the rest of the night."
Courtney began tearing up, saying, "It's so true."
"It's certainly the way it works with all of us," Matthew said, also tearing up. "It's just the way it is."
The stars then all jokingly started sharing one tissue as they all became emotional.
Here’s my favorite moment from the ‘Friends’ reunion in 2021 - Matthew Perry talking about the special bond he shared with his co-stars: pic.twitter.com/q2q2e1KPWr
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) October 29, 2023
Fans shared their heartbreak in response to the video, with one X user writing, "What a great clip. He was such a talented young man. May he rest in peace."
"Truly the best of friends," another added.
"Friends is my favourite show," a third said. "I watch it every night before bed. I can watch it over and over and still laugh. I’m so sad to hear the passing of Matthew Perry. My condolences to his family and friends. May God bless his soul."
"This made me cry," a fourth wrote. "I'm heartbroken for Courteney, Jen, Lisa, David and Matt. They were true friends, on and off screen. I'll never be able to watch the show the same way again. Matthew will surely be missed and it will be felt among the 'Friends'."
"You will be sadly missed," someone else said. "Such a great tragedy. Loved how your acting made millions laugh and how ONLY YOU could be Chandler Bing to life."
"My heart is shattered," another fan said, while one added, "I can't imagine how completely devastated they must all be tonight. My heart breaks for all of them."
According to TMZ, Matthew was found unresponsive in his home in LA after an apparent drowning.
The 54-year-old actor was reportedly found in the jacuzzi after engaging in a “2-hour round of pickleball” earlier in the day. No foul play was involved, the publication reports.
In recent years, Perry had begun to open up about his health battles which ranged from pancreatitis to alcohol and opioid addiction.
He documented his struggle with addiction in his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.
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