Matthew Perry death latest: Friends cast break silence as post-mortem is 'inconclusive'

30 October 2023, 11:28 | Updated: 31 October 2023, 07:33

Matthew Perry latest: Friends actor's initial post-mortem 'inconclusive' as co-stars mourn loss
Matthew Perry latest: Friends actor's initial post-mortem 'inconclusive' as co-stars mourn loss. Picture: Getty / Matt LeBlanc - Instagram

While Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow have broken their silence following the death of Matthew Perry.

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Matthew Perry's initial post-mortem has been found to be "inconclusive" as further investigations continue to establish the Friends actor's cause of death.

The actor, who who only 54-years-old, was found dead at his home in LA on Saturday, 28th October with his family later paying tribute to their "beloved son and brother".

Most recently, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow broke their silence on the death of their beloved friend, who they called "their family".

Matthew played Chandler Bing for 10 years on the hit sitcom Friends alongside Jennifer, Courtney, Matt, David and Lisa (as Rachel, Monica, Joey, Ross and Phoebe) from 1994 to 2004.

Key Updates
  • An initial post-mortem into the death of Matthew Perry has found 'inconclusive' results

  • Further investigations continue to establish the cause of death

  • Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow share their heartbreak as they release joint statement

  • The Friends cast said they are "utterly devastated" by the death of Matthew

Matthew Perry's ex-fiancée pays tribute

Matthew Perry's ex-fiancée Molly Hurwitz has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to the late actor, reflecting on their time together.

Sharing a picture of Matthew's silhouette, she wrote: "He would love that the world is talking about how talented he was. And he really was very talented.

"As the Friends reunion was approaching, we rewatched the show together. 'F**k, I was so good!!!…See what I did there???' We rewound and studied scenes. Our respect and appreciation of humour is something that connected us. Being with him as he rediscovered his brilliance was magical.

"But, I obviously knew that man in a very different way, too. While I loved him deeper than I could comprehend, he was complicated, and he caused pain like I’d never known. No one in my adult life has had a more profound impact on me than Matthew Langford Perry. I have tremendous gratitude for that, for everything I learned from our relationship." 

Friends cast break silence on death of Matthew

On Monday, the cast of Friends broke their silence following the death of Matthew. 

In a joint statement, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer said: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew.

"We were more than just castmates. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we're going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. 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."

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Inside Matthew Perry's love life

While Matthew Perry never got married or had any children, he dated a number of very famous women, including Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow. 

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Was Matthew Perry married and does he have any children?

Gwyneth Paltrow remembers 'magical summer' with ex-boyfriend

Gwyneth Paltrow, who had a brief romance with Matthew Perry, took to social media as she recalled a "magical summer" they spent together.

Sharing a picture from Matthew's early acting days, the actress wrote: "I met Matthew Perry in 1993 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. We were both there for most of the summer doing plays. He was so funny and so sweet and so much fun to be with.

"We drove out to swim in creeks, had beers in the local college bar, kissed in a field of long grass. It was a magical summer. He had shot the pilot of Friends but it had not aired yet. He was nervous, hoping his big break was just around the corner. It was.

"We stayed friends for a while until we drifted apart, but I was always happy to see him when I did. I am super sad today, as so many of us are. I hope Matthew is at peace at long last. I really do."

Friends cast to release joint statement

Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc are reportedly planning to release a joint statement following the death of their co-star and friend Matthew Perry.

This is according to showbiz correspondent Kinsey Schofield who told GB News on Monday that the statement will be released in the coming days.

She said: "New information is that the core cast of Friends is currently working on a joint statement they can release.

"According to sources they are reeling about the death of Matthew Perry, they say that he was their brother, and that they fiercely protected him through some of his toughest times.

"They believe that this is incredibly unfair, according to one of Lisa Kudrow's friends, and no one saw this coming because they felt like he was in a really good place that he had one of his best years."

Friends co-stars 'have lost a brother'

While Matthew Perry's Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow have not spoken publicly about his shocking death yet, a source has said the news has left them "reeling".

A source told PageSix: "The cast is reeling from the loss of their brother, because that's what Matty was - their brother."

They added: "It's just devastating."

Matthew Perry's family 'heartbroken' by 'tragic loss'

On Sunday, 29th October, Matthew Perry's family broke their silence with a statement released to People. 

They said: "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.

"You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."

Matthew Perry cause of death 'inconclusive' following initial post-mortem

Following the death of Matthew Perry at his LA home on Saturday, 28th October, an initial post-mortem has found "inconclusive" results.

Further investigations are now underway to confirm the actor's cause of death.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told CBS News here were “no obvious signs of trauma” as officials await toxicology tests. 

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