AceShowbiz - Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc are apparently leaning on each other while they continue mourning the loss of their friend Matthew Perry. While they are still struggling to process it, a source reveals there's at least a silver lining in the situation, which is bringing the remaining cast of "Friends" closer than ever before.
"His death has left a huge hole in the hearts of his former cast members," the so-called insider tells Life & Style of how Matthew's shocking death has affected his co-stars. "They're processing it in different ways and sharing when they're ready. If there is any good news, it's that the cast is even closer than ever before."
Matthew was found unconscious in jacuzzi at his Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 28 after playing pickleball for 2 hours. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, police have ruled out foul play and fentanyl or meth overdose.
Two days later, Jennifer, David, Courteney, Lisa and Matt broke their silence on Matthew's passing. In a joint statement, they said, "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just castmates. 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."
"In time we will say more, as and when we are able," the statement continued to read, "For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty's family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."
The fivesome has also posted individual tributes to their late friend. Courteney wrote on Instagram on November 14, "I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day. When you work with someone as closely as I did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments I wish I could share." She added, "He was funny and he was kind."
Matt unleashed several throwback pictures of him and Matthew on the set. "Matthew. 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," he penned in the caption.
"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," Matt added. He concluded his message by jokingly writing, "And I guess you're keeping the 20 bucks you owe me."
Jennifer admitted "this one has cut deep..." She continued in her November 15 post, "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."
The 54-year-old shared one of her last text messages with Matthew. She added, "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."
David said seeing his throwback photo with Matthew "makes me smile and grieve at the same time." He continued, "I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around - 'Could there BE any more clouds?' "
Lisa added in her own tribute, "Thank you for making me laugh so hard at something you said, that my muscles ached, and tears poured down my face EVERY DAY."