- By John Hand and André Rhoden-Paul
- BBC News
Friends stars Courteney Cox and Matt Le Blanc have both paid their first individual tribute to their co-star Mathew Perry, following his death last month.
Cox, who played his on-screen wife Monica, shared a clip of her with Perry’s character Chandler on Instagram and said she was “so grateful for every moment” they worked together.
Matt Le Blanc, who played roommate Joey, posted his first tribute earlier.
“It was an honor to call you my friend,” he wrote.
Le Blanc, 56, said: “It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to you. I will never forget you.”
Perry was found dead at his Los Angeles home last month, aged 54, sparking an outpouring of grief among fans around the world.
In a joint statement last month, Cox and Le Blanc were joined by colleagues Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer in describing Perry’s death as an “unfathomable loss.”
“We are all completely devastated by the loss of Matthew,” the statement said. “We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence that he brought to every moment – not just in his work, but also in life.
“He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the kindest, with a generous and selfless heart.”
LeBlanc became the first to post an individual tribute, sharing photos of himself on set with Perry, as he said on Instagram: “The times we spent together are honestly some of 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. Ever.
“Spread your wings and fly brother, you are finally free.”
Within hours, Cox added her tribute on Instagram, writing alongside the clip she chose: “When you work with someone as close as I did with Matthew, there are thousands moments I wish I could share. So far, this is one of my favorites.”
She also revealed a behind-the-scenes story: “Chandler and Monica were supposed to have a one-night stand in London. But because of the public reaction, it became the start of their love story.
“In that scene, before we started driving, he whispered a funny thing for me to say. He did things like that a lot. He was funny and he was nice.”
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