Jennifer Aniston says Matthew Perry was 'happy' on day of his death as pair were texting just hours before

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By Kim Novak

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Jennifer Aniston has spoken out about her last interaction with Matthew Perry on the day of his death, revealing the Friends star was "happy and healthy" at the time.

Perry, 54, died after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on October 28.

The world mourned as the beloved actor was laid to rest at the start of November with all of his Friends co-stars in attendance at his funeral.

Aniston, 54, has now revealed that she spoke with Perry on the morning of his death and that the star was in a good place in his life at the time.

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Matthew Perry (third left) was a hugely popular castmember of Friends. Credit: Jim Smeal/Getty Images

She broke down in tears as she told Variety: "He was happy. He was healthy. He had quit smoking. He was getting in shape. He was happy — that’s all I know.

"I was literally texting with him that morning, funny Matty. He was not in pain. He wasn’t struggling. He was happy."

Aniston also revealed that she hopes Perry is remembered "as he said he’d love to be remembered", as a man who lived well and helped others.

Perry had previously shared his hopes that people would remember him more for his advocacy in helping others facing addiction issues than for his role in Friends, though he acknowledged that people would likely think of Friends first.

Aniston added: "I want people to know he was really healthy, and getting healthy. He was on a pursuit. He worked so hard.

"He really was dealt a tough one. I miss him dearly. We all do. Boy, he made us laugh really hard."

Perry had starred in Friends from 1994 until it ended in 2004, alongside Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow.

Aniston added her gratitude at the outpouring of love in the wake of Perry's death, telling the publication: "It’s so beautiful. I hope he can know that he was loved in a way he never thought he was."

He had been open about his past struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction and had strived to help others who were battling the same.

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Perry died in October at the age of 54. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Perry previously said: "I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life. But the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic or drug addict comes up to me and says, 'Will you help me?' I will always say, 'Yes, I know how to do that. I will do that for you, even if I can't always do it for myself!'"

A month after Perry's death, his family told Entertainment Tonight about the work of the Matthew Perry Foundation, which was set up in his honor.

They said: "It is important to us as a family to honor Matthew's legacy. The potential that the Matthew Perry Foundation has to help those suffering with this disease is something we are proud to bring to the world."

The foundation will carry forward Perry's mission of assisting addicts in overcoming substance abuse while upholding his legacy.

Featured image credit: Ron Davis/Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston says Matthew Perry was 'happy' on day of his death as pair were texting just hours before

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By Kim Novak

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Jennifer Aniston has spoken out about her last interaction with Matthew Perry on the day of his death, revealing the Friends star was "happy and healthy" at the time.

Perry, 54, died after being found unresponsive in a hot tub at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on October 28.

The world mourned as the beloved actor was laid to rest at the start of November with all of his Friends co-stars in attendance at his funeral.

Aniston, 54, has now revealed that she spoke with Perry on the morning of his death and that the star was in a good place in his life at the time.

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Matthew Perry (third left) was a hugely popular castmember of Friends. Credit: Jim Smeal/Getty Images

She broke down in tears as she told Variety: "He was happy. He was healthy. He had quit smoking. He was getting in shape. He was happy — that’s all I know.

"I was literally texting with him that morning, funny Matty. He was not in pain. He wasn’t struggling. He was happy."

Aniston also revealed that she hopes Perry is remembered "as he said he’d love to be remembered", as a man who lived well and helped others.

Perry had previously shared his hopes that people would remember him more for his advocacy in helping others facing addiction issues than for his role in Friends, though he acknowledged that people would likely think of Friends first.

Aniston added: "I want people to know he was really healthy, and getting healthy. He was on a pursuit. He worked so hard.

"He really was dealt a tough one. I miss him dearly. We all do. Boy, he made us laugh really hard."

Perry had starred in Friends from 1994 until it ended in 2004, alongside Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow.

Aniston added her gratitude at the outpouring of love in the wake of Perry's death, telling the publication: "It’s so beautiful. I hope he can know that he was loved in a way he never thought he was."

He had been open about his past struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction and had strived to help others who were battling the same.

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Perry died in October at the age of 54. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Perry previously said: "I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life. But the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic or drug addict comes up to me and says, 'Will you help me?' I will always say, 'Yes, I know how to do that. I will do that for you, even if I can't always do it for myself!'"

A month after Perry's death, his family told Entertainment Tonight about the work of the Matthew Perry Foundation, which was set up in his honor.

They said: "It is important to us as a family to honor Matthew's legacy. The potential that the Matthew Perry Foundation has to help those suffering with this disease is something we are proud to bring to the world."

The foundation will carry forward Perry's mission of assisting addicts in overcoming substance abuse while upholding his legacy.

Featured image credit: Ron Davis/Getty Images