Jennifer Aniston was ready to say goodbye to her longtime friend Matthew Perry on Wednesday morning, just over two weeks after his untimely death at age 54.
The 54-year-old Morning Show star shared an emotional post to Instagram paying tribute to her late Friends costar, who was tragically found dead at his home on October 28.
Aniston included a sweet text message that Perry sent her sometime in the past in which he gushed about being able to make her laugh, something she said was intensely important to him.
Her tribute arrived a day after her fellow costars Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox both shared their own tributes to their fallen friend.
In addition to her behind-the-scenes communications with Perry, Aniston included a sweet clip from Friends in which his character Chandler confessed his platonic love for her character Rachel before her tearful goodbye.
One last goodbye: Jennifer Aniston, 54, paid tribute to her late Friends costar Matthew Perry on Wednesday morning with a post including a text message he sent to her before his death
‘Oh boy this one has cut deep…,’ Aniston began her difficult farewell.
‘Having to say goodbye to our Matty has been an insane wave of emotions that I’ve never experienced before,’ she continued. ‘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 actress declared, adding that Perry was a part of the Friends cast’s ‘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,’ she recalled.
Aniston also recalled Perry’s need to make everyone around him crack up.
‘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,’ she wrote. ‘And boy did he succeed in doing just that. He made all of us laugh. And laugh hard.’
Among her post was a short personal message that Perry had sent her via text some time in the past, though she didn’t reveal when the exchange took place.
‘In the last couple weeks, I’ve been pouring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying then laughing again,’ Aniston admitted. ‘I’ll keep them forever and ever.
Loving moment: Aniston included a sweet clip of Perry from late in Friends’ run as his character Chandler confesses his platonic love for her character Rachel before her big move
Sweet and sour: ‘You know what? Let’s not say anything else. I love you,’ Aniston’s character says with tears in her eyes as she leans in for a hug with Perry, before he makes a fake farting sound to lighten the mood
Happier times: Aniston included a text message Perry sent her ‘out of nowhere one day’ in which he sent her a black-and-white photo of the two laughing on set. ‘Making you laugh just made my day,’ he wrote
‘I found one text that he sent me out of nowhere one day. It says it all. (See the second slide…).’
In the text message, Perry appeared to have sent her a black-and-white photo of the two pictured from behind on a set — presumably while taping Friends — as he said something that seemed to make her grin ear to ear.
‘Making you laugh just made my day,’ he wrote with the photo. ‘It made my day :).’
In her text, Aniston replied, ‘Aww the first of THOUSANDS of times…’
In her caption, she added a loving farewell to Perry while hoping that he was at ‘peace’ now.
‘Matty, I love you so much and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain,’ she wrote.
‘I talk to you every day… sometimes I can almost hear you saying “could you BE any crazier?”’ she added on a light note, referencing one of Chandler’s catchphrases.
‘Rest little brother,’ she concluded. ‘You always made my day…’
The long haul: Perry and Aniston starred on Friends through its entire run from 1994 to 2004; seen together in 1998
Gone too soon: Perry appeared to die from accidental drowning in his home’s hot tub on October 28, but the cause of death determination is delayed pending a toxicology report; seen in November 2022 in NYC
Perry’s tragic death occurred on October 28, when he was discovered underwater in his home’s hot tub by his assistant, who had left his home briefly to pick up some items for him.
Earlier this month, Perry’s death certificate was released. Though the actor is believed to have died of accidental drowning, his cause of death has so far been deferred while awaiting the results of a toxicology report.
According to police, only medications that Perry had a prescription for were found in his home, but the actor had previously been open about his years-long struggle with addiction and drug abuse.
Wednesday morning also saw the release of another somber statement from Perry’s fellow Friends costar David Schwimmer, who played Ross.
Schwimmer, 57, shared a snap from one of his ‘favorite moments’ with Perry as he praised his comedic skills and kind nature.
‘Matty, Thank you for ten incredible years of laughter and creativity,’ Schwimmer began in the Instagram post. ‘I will never forget your impeccable comic timing and delivery. You could take a straight line of dialogue and bend it to your will, resulting in something so entirely original and unexpectedly funny it still astonishes.
‘And you had heart. Which you were generous with, and shared with us, so we could create a family out of six strangers. This photo is from one of my favorite moments with you. Now it makes me smile and grieve at the same time.
‘I imagine you up there, somewhere, in the same white suit, hands in your pockets, looking around— “Could there BE any more clouds?”‘
‘You had heart’: David Schwimmer has paid a touching tribute to his late Friends co-star Matthew Perry following the actor’s death at age 54