‘I’ll never forget you’: Matt LeBlanc pays tribute to Friends co-star Matthew Perry | Ents & Arts News

Matt LeBlanc has paid tribute to his Friends co-star Matthew Perry, saying it was an “honour to share the stage with you and call you my friend”.

In a post on Instagram, LeBlanc wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that 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 call you my friend. I will always smile when I think of you and I will never forget you. Never.

“Spread your wings and fly brother you are finally free. Much love.

“And I guess you keep the $20 you owe me.”

Perry54, died last month after a apparent drowning at his home in Los Angeles.

Perry’s death is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office following an autopsy with toxicology tests.

Perry was best known for playing smart Chandler Bing in Friends between 1994 and 2004. LeBlanc played Chandler’s roommate and best friend Joey Tribbiani.

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Perry and LeBlanc in 2015

David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc in Friends.  Image: Everett/Shutterstock
A scene from Friends with Perry as Chandler and LeBlanc as Joey. Image: Everett/Shutterstock

LeBlanc along with the four other Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney CoxDavid Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, were among 20 mourners at Perry’s funeral in the Hollywood Hills earlier this month.

In a joint statement released after his death on October 28, the co-stars said: “We are all so completely devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just co-stars. We are family.

“There is so much to say, but right now we want to take a moment to grieve and process this unimaginable loss.”

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Tributes poured in after Perry’s deathincluding messages from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – who went to the same school as the actor – and Sarah, Duchess of York, who made a cameo appearance in Friends.

Perry was open about his struggles with substance abuse and addiction and set up a sober living facility for men with similar problems.

A fund has now been established to help others struggling with the disease.

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Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane said Perry was in a “really good place” when they spoke to him two weeks before his death.

Speaking to NBC’s Today Show, Ms Kauffman said: “He was happy and chipper. He didn’t seem burdened by anything. He was in a really good place, and that’s why it seems so unfair.”

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