Courteney Cox says late 'Friends' star Matthew Perry still 'visits' her: 'He's around for sure'

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By Kim Novak

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Courteney Cox has opened up about her belief that her late Friends co-star Matthew Perry still 'visits' her seven months after his death.

Matthew, 54, died in October 2023 after he was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.

The actor's cause of death was later ruled by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office to be from "the acute effects of ketamine."

Drowning, coronary artery disease, and the effects of buprenorphine (used to treat opioid use disorder) have been listed as contributing factors in his death, with his passing ultimately ruled an accident.

Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry had a close friendship across the decades. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI

The loss of the beloved star left his friends and fans devastated, however, Courteney believes her former co-star is not far away.

Courteney starred as Monica Geller on Friends, alongside Matthew as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, from 1994 until 2004.

The cast have remained close friends across the decades and were left devastated at the news of Matthew's untimely death.

Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning, Courteney explained that she still feels that Matthew is near, revealing: "I think he’s probably one of the funniest human beings in the world. He’s just so funny.

"He is genuinely a huge heart. Obviously struggled. I’m so thankful I got to work so closely with him for so many years. He visits me a lot, if we believe in that.”

She revealed that she is big on spirituality, explaining: "I talk to my mom, my dad, Matthew. I feel like there are a lot of people that, I think, guide us.

"I do sense — I sense Matthew’s around for sure."

See the interview below:


The actor's death left his loved ones and fans around the world devastated, with his family issuing a statement to People magazine saying they were "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," they continued. "You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."

Days after Matthew's death, his fellow cast members also shared a statement saying: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.

"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 pair first started working together in 1994. Credit: Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images

Courteney also shared her own tribute, writing: "I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day.

"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 wrote alongside a clip from the show.

"In this scene, before we started rolling, he whispered a funny line for me to say. He often did things like that. He was funny and he was kind."


Perry had been open about his battles with addiction throughout his life in his 2022 autobiography, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, and had taken pride in helping others struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Featured image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI

Courteney Cox says late 'Friends' star Matthew Perry still 'visits' her: 'He's around for sure'

vt-author-image

By Kim Novak

Article saved!Article saved!

Courteney Cox has opened up about her belief that her late Friends co-star Matthew Perry still 'visits' her seven months after his death.

Matthew, 54, died in October 2023 after he was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.

The actor's cause of death was later ruled by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office to be from "the acute effects of ketamine."

Drowning, coronary artery disease, and the effects of buprenorphine (used to treat opioid use disorder) have been listed as contributing factors in his death, with his passing ultimately ruled an accident.

Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry had a close friendship across the decades. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI

The loss of the beloved star left his friends and fans devastated, however, Courteney believes her former co-star is not far away.

Courteney starred as Monica Geller on Friends, alongside Matthew as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, from 1994 until 2004.

The cast have remained close friends across the decades and were left devastated at the news of Matthew's untimely death.

Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning, Courteney explained that she still feels that Matthew is near, revealing: "I think he’s probably one of the funniest human beings in the world. He’s just so funny.

"He is genuinely a huge heart. Obviously struggled. I’m so thankful I got to work so closely with him for so many years. He visits me a lot, if we believe in that.”

She revealed that she is big on spirituality, explaining: "I talk to my mom, my dad, Matthew. I feel like there are a lot of people that, I think, guide us.

"I do sense — I sense Matthew’s around for sure."

See the interview below:


The actor's death left his loved ones and fans around the world devastated, with his family issuing a statement to People magazine saying they were "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," they continued. "You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love."

Days after Matthew's death, his fellow cast members also shared a statement saying: "We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.

"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 pair first started working together in 1994. Credit: Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images

Courteney also shared her own tribute, writing: "I am so grateful for every moment I had with you Matty and I miss you every day.

"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 wrote alongside a clip from the show.

"In this scene, before we started rolling, he whispered a funny line for me to say. He often did things like that. He was funny and he was kind."


Perry had been open about his battles with addiction throughout his life in his 2022 autobiography, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, and had taken pride in helping others struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Featured image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI