Actress Courteney Cox, 59, appeared in public for the first time following the death of actor Matthew Perry, who died on Saturday, 28, aged 54. The two played the romantic couple Monica and Chandler on the series Friends. Perry was found lifeless in his jacuzzi at home.
In Friends, Monica and Chandler were lovers, and then married. Courteney was photographed in the car with her boyfriend, singer Johnny McDaid, 47, leaving a restaurant on Monday night, the 30th. In the images she appears to be shaken.
On the same day, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer, who were also part of the cast of Friends, gave a statement to People about the death of Matthew Perry.
“We are all completely devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just co-stars. We are a family,” the statement said. “There is so much to say, but now let’s take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.”
“Over time we will say more, as and when we can,” the statement continued. “For now, our thoughts and love are with Matty’s family, his friends and everyone who loved him around the world.”
The message was signed by Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc and Schwimmer. Until then, none of the actors had spoken publicly about the loss. According to the website Page Six, the reason for this silence would be that the quintet, who worked with Perry for a decade and maintained a friendship that has lasted almost 30 years, must make a joint statement.
The five actors are recovering from the tragic loss of their co-star, and therefore have not yet spoken out individually about the case. “The cast is grieving the loss of their ‘brother’ because that’s what Matty was – a brother to them. It’s simply devastating,” a source told Page Six, guaranteeing that the five will make a joint statement in the coming days. “They are all close and are devastated, because they were together through the best and worst moments of their lives,” the insider said.
Death of Matthew Perry
The Los Angeles Fire Department told Page Six that there was a call about a drowning at Matthew Perry’s home around 4:07 p.m. local time. The actor was found unconscious in a jacuzzi.
“The deputy placed the man’s head above the water and brought him to the edge, then firefighters removed him upon arrival,” said the Los Angeles Fire Department representative. He added: “A quick medical assessment unfortunately revealed that he had died before rescuers arrived.”
According to Page six, rescuers didn’t even try to revive him, because when they arrived at the scene “he was no longer responding.”
Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that no illicit substances were discovered at the scene, but that authorities recovered prescription medications including “antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and a COPD medication.” [Doença Pulmonar Obstrutiva Crônica]” on site.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Sunday that an autopsy of Perry was performed, but had inconclusive results. Therefore, the coroner ordered more tests, including toxicological ones.
As those results remain pending, the TV star’s cause of death has been “deferred.” Although a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told the Times that it is still unclear what happened to Matthew Perry, it was noted that “no crime is suspected.”
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