Jennifer Aniston Breaks Silence on Matthew Perry’s Death: ‘Rest Little Brother’
Jennifer Aniston has publicly broken her silence over Matthew Perry’s death, saying it has "cut deep."
The actress, 54, became one of her Friends co-star’s closest pals before his death aged 54 on Oct. 28 in an apparent drowning incident in the hot tub at his Los Angeles mansion.
She posted a carousel of images and a video clip of her and Matthew on Instagram on Wednesday (Nov. 15) and wrote: “Oh boy this one has cut deep... Having to say goodbye to our Matty has been an insane wave of emotions that I’ve never experienced before.
“We all experience loss at some point in our lives. Loss of life or loss of love. Being able to really SIT in this grief allows you to feel the moments of joy and gratitude for having loved someone that deep. And we loved him deeply.
“He was such a part of our DNA. We were always the 6 of us. This was a chosen family that forever changed the course of who we were and what our path was going to be.
“For Matty, he KNEW he loved to make people laugh. As he said himself, if he didn't hear the ‘laugh’ he thought he was going to die. His life literally depended on it.
“And boy did he succeed in doing just that. He made all of us laugh. And laugh hard.
“In the last couple weeks, I’ve been pouring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying then laughing again. I’ll keep them forever and ever. I found one text that he sent me out of nowhere one day. It says it all.
“Matty, I love you so much and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain. I talk to you every day… sometimes I can almost hear you saying 'could you BE any crazier?'
“Rest little brother. You always made my day.”
Rachel’s images included a black and white snap of her and Matthew rehearsing on the set of Friends, as well as a screengrab of a text to him thanking him for making her laugh.
She also included a clip of one of their scenes together from the show, which also starred David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.
Jennifer’s tribute comes after Matt, 56, said in a social media tribute he will “never forget” his friend Matthew.
Troubled Matthew, who rose to worldwide fame playing wisecracking Chandler Bing on Friends, admitted he was downing a quart of vodka and 55 Vicodin a day in the depths of his drug and drink addictions.
While promoting his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing last year, the actor thanked Jennifer for her support during his recovery.
He told Diane Sawyer in October 2022: “She was the one that reached out the most. You know, I’m really grateful to her for that.”
The star added it was Jennifer who initially confronted him during the filming of Friends and told him the cast knew he was drinking.
Matthew added: “Imagine how scary a moment that was.”
But he also hailed Jennifer as “wonderful,” “terrific” and “the greatest” for caring about him.