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Stars of 'Friends' break silence over death of Matthew Perry

David Schwimmer, from left, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquettte, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc of TV show 'Friends' at the Emmy Awards in 2002
David Schwimmer, from left, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquettte, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc of TV show 'Friends' at the Emmy Awards in 2002 Copyright Reed Saxon/AP2002
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By Tokunbo SalakoAP
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In a joint statement the remaining cast said they're "utterly devastated."

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The stars of the hit TV show 'Friends' have broken their silence over the "unfathomable" death of Matthew Perry. 

“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew,” Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer said in a joint statement to People on Monday. “We were more than just cast mates. We are a family.”

It's the first public statement on Perry's death from Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc or Schwimmer.

“There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss," the statement said. “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.”

From 1994 to 2004, each of the five actors appeared in every episode of all 10 seasons of the NBC sitcom along with Perry, who was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Saturday at age 54.

After an initial investigation, the Los Angeles County coroner has deferred giving a cause of death, which may take weeks to determine.

Others public mourning Perry on Monday included Salma Hayek, his co-star in the 1997 rom-com “Fools Rush In,” which Perry had said was probably his best film.

“It’s taken me a couple of days to process this profound sadness. There is a special bond that happens when you share dreams with someone, and together you work towards them,” Hayek said in an Instagram post. “Throughout the years, he and I found ourselves reminiscing about that meaningful time in our lives with a deep sense of nostalgia and gratitude. My friend, you are gone much too soon, but I will continue to cherish your silliness, your perseverance, and your lovely heart.”

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