They were more than friends — they were family, Matthew Perry’s Friends co-stars said Monday.
The cast members released a joint statement, two days after Perry was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” read the statement from Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, given exclusively to People magazine.
“In time we will say more, as and when we are able. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world,” the actors added.
The statement marked the first public comments by the cast members since Perry died on Oct. 28.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office completed the actor’s autopsy on Sunday. However, his cause of death is listed on the department’s online records database as “deferred,” pending additional tests.
Perry’s family released a statement to the media thanking his fans and friends for an outpouring of support.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend,” the statement said. “You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”
Perry never married. He is survived by his father, John Bennett Perry; his mother, Suzanne Morrison; and stepfather, Keith Morrison.
In his final Instagram post on Oct. 22, the actor shared a photo of himself on Instagram sitting in a hot tub at night under the moonlight.
“Oh, so warm water swirling around makes you feel good? I’m Mattman,” he captioned the image.
The comments section has since been filled with heartfelt replies.