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16th Nov 2023

Lisa Kudrow shares never-before-seen photo of Matthew Perry in heartbreaking tribute

Joseph Loftus

‘Thank you for the time I got to have with you Matthew’

Lisa Kudrow is the latest member of the Friends crew to pay tribute to her friend and longtime co-star Matthew Perry.

Kudrow has joined suit with Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Courteney Cox, who all took turns remembering Perry over the past 72 hours.

The actor, who famously played Chandler Bing, died at his home in Los Angeles at the end of October.

He was 54.

While every tribute was personalised, Kudrow’s included a picture of Perry that had never been seen before by many.

The polaroid of herself and Perry was captioned: “Shot the pilot, Friends Like Us, got picked up then immediately, we were at the NBC Upfronts. Then… You suggested we play poker AND made it so much fun while we initially bonded. Thank you for that.

“Thank you for making me laugh so hard at something you said, that my muscles ached, and tears poured down my face EVERY DAY.

“Thank you for your open heart in a six way relationship that required compromise. And a lot of ‘talking.’

“Thank you for showing up at work when you weren’t well and then, being completely brilliant. Thank you for the best 10 years a person gets to have.

“Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for all I learned about GRACE and LOVE through knowing you.Thank you for the time I got to have with you, Matthew.”

Matt LeBlanc also paid tribute to Perry earlier this week writing: “It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye. The times we had together are honestly among the favorite times of my life.

“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.
Spread your wings and fly brother you’re finally free.

“Much love. And I guess you’re keeping the 20 bucks you owe me.”

While Anniston wrote: “Oh boy this one has cut deep… Having to say goodbye to our Matty has been an insane wave of emotions that I’ve never experienced before.

“We all experience loss at some point in our lives. Loss of life or loss of love. Being able to really SIT in this grief allows you to feel the moments of joy and gratitude for having loved someone that deep. And we loved him deeply.

“He was such a part of our DNA. We were always the 6 of us. This was a chosen family that forever changed the course of who we were and what our path was going to be. For Matty, he KNEW he loved to make people laugh. As he said himself, if he didn’t hear the ‘laugh’ he thought he was going to die. His life literally depended on it. And boy did he succeed in doing just that.

“He made all of us laugh. And laugh hard. In the last couple weeks, I’ve been poring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying then laughing again. I’ll keep them forever and ever. I found one text that he sent me out of nowhere one day. It says it all. (See the second slide…)

“Matty, I love you so much and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain. I talk to you every day… sometimes I can almost hear you saying “could you BE any crazier?”

“Rest little brother. You always made my day.”

Rest in peace.