Matt LeBlanc has paid tribute to his late Friends co-star Matthew Perry, who passed away at the age of 54. LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the hit show, remembered their time together as an "honor" in an Instagram post. Alongside a collection of photos from their Friends days, LeBlanc wrote, "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 to call you my friend. I will always smile when I think of you and I'll never forget you. Never." LeBlanc added that Perry is finally free and joked that he will keep the $20 he owes him.
The remaining Friends cast members also released a joint statement following Perry's death, expressing their devastation and calling themselves a family. They said they would take time to grieve and process the loss and promised to share more in the future. Other friends and colleagues remembered Perry as well, including Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, who said they felt blessed to have had him in their lives. Perry's decades-long career included roles on shows like The West Wing and films like The Whole Nine Yards. He was also an advocate for addiction, having struggled with it himself, and opened a sober living facility called the Perry House. No foul play is suspected in his death.