Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc share touching tributes to Matthew Perry: 'I miss you every day'

LeBlanc was the first of the "Friends" family to release a solo statement addressing the death of his co-star.

Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox star in the
Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox star in the Friends episode "The One With The Mugging," which aired in February 2003. (Warner Bros./Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Monica and Joey have paid their final, touching tributes to Chandler.

Courteney Cox, who played Monica, the neighbor-turned-love interest of Matthew Perry's Friends character for a decade, wrote a sweet tribute to him on Tuesday.

"I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day," Cox wrote. "When you work with someone as closely as I did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments I wish I could share. For now here's one of my favorites."

She posted a clip from the episode in which Chandler and Monica sleep together for the first time, which, of course, ended up being much more.

"In this scene, before we started rolling, he whispered a funny line for me to say," Cox explained of the moment that Monica's brother, Ross, walks in while they're in bed together, prompting Monica to dive under the covers.

The funny line? Monica said, "OK, your turn."

The studio audience loved it.

"He often did things like that," Cox noted. "He was funny and he was kind."

In a heart-tugging Instagram post a few hours earlier, Matt LeBlanc became the first of the Friends family to release a solo statement addressing the death of Perry.

"Matthew," the post began, "it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye. 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," it continued. "Spread your wings and fly brother you're finally free. Much love."

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing in Episode 22 of Friends, "The One Where Rachel Is Late," originally airing May 9, 2002. (NBCU Photo Bank)

LeBlanc, the lovable lunkhead Joey to Perry's sardonic Chandler in Apartment 19, couldn't resist one last zinger: "And I guess you're keeping the 20 bucks you owe me."

Here's the full post, which featured several photos of the two actors, including some of them embracing:

LeBlanc and Cox are the first core cast members to individually comment on Perry, who was found dead in his hot tub on Oct. 28. Previously, the show's surviving stars — LeBlanc, Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmerissued a joint statement on Oct. 30 addressing their "unfathomable loss."

"We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family," they wrote. "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."

The cast was known for being incredibly tight, with their bond growing stronger over the iconic sitcom's 10 seasons, from 1994 to 2004. Perry wrote that they met on the set of Monica's apartment with the instruction to just talk to each other — and it was a natural flow. "We talked and joked, about romance, our careers, our loves, our losses," he wrote. As LeBlanc told Oprah Winfrey in 1995, "I think we all came together with an open mind to get along and bond as quick as possible — and I think that's what happened. We all hit it off right away."

In recent days, several others have shared tributes to Perry, who was 54. Earlier this week, Michael J. Fox revealed that Perry made a sizable donation to the Back to the Future star's Parkinson's foundation.

"I hope this isn't indiscreet, but when they first made their big sale and were made millionaires for the rest of their lives, he wrote a big fat check to the foundation," Fox told Entertainment Tonight. "We were really early on and trying to find our feet, and it was such a vote of confidence."

"And it wasn't accompanied by any self-aggrandizing or anything," Fox continued. "He was just like, 'Take it and do your best.' I loved that."

Meanwhile, Zac Efron, who co-starred with Perry in the body-swapping comedy 17 Again, said he would be "honored" to play Perry in a biopic — something Perry once mused about.

"I'm honored to hear he was thinking of me to play him," Efron told People, adding that he was "devastated" by Perry's death.

"He was a mentor to me, and we made a really cool film together," Efron continued. "I looked up to him, I learned comedic timing from that guy. I mean, when we were filming 17 Again, it was so surreal for me to look across and have him be there, because I've learned so much from him, from his whole life."

Bradley Whitford, Perry's co-star in the short-lived NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and on episodes of The West Wing, wrote an emotional remembrance of Perry a few days after his death.

"You have not lived until you have witnessed one of his in-between-the-takes confidential riffs on the absurdity of show business and the idiocy of male confidence, wrapped up perfectly with the sudden realization that we were both grown men who wear makeup for a living," Whitford wrote, in part, on social media. "Without substances, Matt had a huge, open heart and a pyrotechnical, joyous brain. I think the most beautiful parts of Matt made him the most vulnerable to the monster that he would have to fight for the rest of his life. His battle was heroic. They don't have award shows for that. They should."

Whitford elaborated when asked about Perry's death on a Nov. 13 red carpet.

"That was a shock. I love Matt very much," Whitford told Extra. "Anybody who ever got to work with him loved him. He was incredibly kind. I think I said, not only to his co-stars but to absolutely everybody. Funniest human being on the planet. Huge, open heart, and he was wrestling heroically [with] a monster his entire life."

Hank Azaria worked with Perry several times over the years, including on Friends, where Azaria had a recurring role as Phoebe's boyfriend, David. As he wrote in a Nov. 9 essay for the New York Times, Azaria reached out to Perry in 2005, when Azaria was struggling with alcohol. Perry ended up taking him his first A.A. meeting.

"Matthew Perry said that he wanted to be remembered as someone who helped people get sober, even more than he wanted to be remembered as a very funny, famous Friend," he wrote. "I think he'll be remembered as both. I know that I will always think of him that way."

This story was originally published Nov. 14 at 9:31 a.m. PT.