"You’re Finally Free": Friends Actor Matt LeBlanc Breaks Silence On Matthew Perry's Death


“You’re Finally Free”: Friends Actor Matt LeBlanc Breaks Silence On Matthew Perry’s Death

Former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc finally breaks his silence on co-star Matthew Perry’s passing, who died last month at the age of 54.


  • Friends actor Matt LeBlanc finally speaks out about the death of his co-star Matthew Perry in a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.
  • LeBlanc portrayed Joey Tribbiani, a best friend and long-time roommate to Chandler Bing (Perry) on the hit sitcom Friends.
  • Actors and fans have expressed their grief over Perry’s tragic death, and LeBlanc’s tribute adds to the outpouring of love and support.



Friends actor Matt LeBlanc finally speaks about his co-star Matthew Perry, who died on October 28, 2023. LeBlanc portrayed Joey Tribbiani, who was a best friend and long-time roommate to Chandler Bing (Perry) on the hit sitcom. After Perry tragically died by drowning at the age of 54, actors and fans have voiced their grief, including many Friends co-stars.

Breaking his silence on Perry’s death, LeBlanc shares a touching tribute to Perry on his Instagram. LeBlanc began his post by saying, “It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye.” Alongside his touching message, LeBlanc posted a series of pictures of him and Perry acting together in Friends. The final image featured the main Friends cast members in a group hug.

Continuing his message, LeBlanc said it was an “honor to share the stage” with Perry and to call him his “friend.” LeBlanc attested that he “will always smile when [he] think[s] of [Perry] and [he]’ll never forget” him. In characteristic Joey fashion, LeBlanc ended the sweet post on a lighter note, joking: “And I guess you’re keeping the 20 bucks you owe me.”

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What Other Friends Cast Members Have Said About Matthew Perry

LeBlanc’s Instagram tribute marks the first time the actor has personally spoken out about the actor’s passing. Previously, LeBlanc, alongside Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer, released a joint statement to People in response to Perry’s death. The Friends cast said they were “all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew.”

In addition to this joint statement and LeBlanc’s most recent words, several of Perry’s other Friends co-stars have expressed their grief over Perry’s death. Hank Azaria, who played David, called the late Friends star a “genius” who would build jokes to a “crescendo of hilarity.” Page Brewster, who played Chandler’s sometimes girlfriend on Friends, talked about the actor’s kindness and encouraged people to read Perry’s 2022 memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.

Tributes to Perry continue to flock to social media, including heartfelt Friends art and stories from former cast and crew members. Even a video has gone viral where Perry spoke about how he wanted to be remembered, saying, “I would like to be remembered as somebody who lived well, loved well, was a seeker, and his paramount thing is that he wants to help people.” LeBlanc is the latest to honor his Friends co-star and legacy with the emotional post.

Source: Matt LeBlanc/Instagram

  • Friends TV Series Poster Friends Release Date: 1994-09-22 Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sitcom Seasons: 10 Story By: Marta Kauffman Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman Network: NBC Streaming Service: NBC Franchise(s): Friends Directors: David Crane, Marta Kauffman Showrunner: Marta Kauffman
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