Jenn Carno, the widow of James Michael Tyler – who famously played Gunther in Friends – has paid a heartbreaking tribute to Matthew Perry, claiming her late husband will be looked after in heaven.
Perry, who brought joy to viewers around the world as the wisecracking Chandler Bing, was found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, sparking an outpouring of tributes from fans and celebrities.
Carno said she was “stunned and devastated” by the news, which came just four days after she rallied for Tyler, who died in 2021 after a three-year battle with stage four prostate cancer. He was 59.
She encouraged fans to continue to find comfort in the thought of the former co-stars reuniting after some suggested that Tyler was waiting to welcome Perry into the afterlife with a coffee in hand, a reference to Gunther’s job in the popular sitcom.
“I had just gathered a few of Michael’s close friends at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to visit his grave on the two-year anniversary of his death,” she told DailyMail.com. “The sudden loss of Matthew Perry – just four days later – left us stunned and, frankly, devastated.”
Friends fans are taking comfort in the thought that Matthew Perry will now be reunited in heaven with his late co-star James Michael Tyler
The pair delighted viewers around the world as their characters Chandler Bing and Gunther in all ten seasons of the hit sitcom – pictured with Jennifer Aniston
“Michael has been very spiritual and has spoken openly over the last few months about what he was beginning to see on the other side.” One morning he said to me, “I’m going to be very busy there. I have work to do. “So, Matt, he’s got you. You’ll be fine. He’s preparing for a tennis match.”
She ended by saying, “We extend our condolences to your family, your friends and your fans.” Keep making tributes. I can say from personal experience: We see these honors and love you.”
Her statement came as fans paid tribute to Tyler and Perry and consoled themselves with the thought that they would be reunited in a “Central Perks up in the heavens.”
One fan tweeted: “Rest in peace Matthew Perry aka Chandler Bing. I guess he’s having coffee with Günther in heaven now.”
Another wrote: “Matthew Perry is in good company up there in heaven though.” I’m sure James Michael Tyler was there to greet him. “Chandler and Gunther will secure a spot at Central Perk for everyone else.”
“I’m pretty sure Matthew Perry went to heaven,” mused one sad fan. “I hope he met Gunther there, I hope they have fun.” I just can’t believe he’s gone .’
Another fan wrote: “This doesn’t feel real. I can’t believe Chandler and Gunther are both completely out of commission. Matthew Perry and James Michael Tyler [they are] ‘I’m having a cup of coffee… I wish he and James were still here.’
One fan wrote: “Way too soon…Guenther will now at least have a funny guy to keep him company in heaven. ‘God bless Matthew Perry.’
“I imagine Gunther and Chandler at Central Perk, talking over a cup of coffee. “Just waiting for the rest of her friends to arrive,” another added. “But that’s OK, they’re in no hurry to catch up. ‘Enjoy your coffee and rest, Matthew Perry, we’ll miss you sorely.’
Tyler, who played Gunther in the 10-part hit series, died at his home in Los Angeles in October 2021.
“The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh ‘Friend’) on the hit series ‘Friends,’ but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer educator and loving husband,” his family said in a statement at the time.
Many disappointed fans claimed that the Gunther actor was waiting to welcome Perry into the afterlife with a coffee in hand
It continued: “Michael loved live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and often having fun and unplanned adventures. “Once you meet him, you’ve found a friend for life.”
The actor was first diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and only publicly announced his battle months before his death.
Friends ran from 1994 to 2004 and starred Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc.
In the past, Perry called out the program “An incredible ride” and explained: “It was incredible to see how it touched the hearts of different generations.”
“It’s become so important and meaningful and I would watch it again.” “It was really fun and all the people were nice.”
In addition to his appearance on the hit series, Perry appeared in a number of films, including 1997’s “Fools Rush In,” 2000’s “The Whole Nine Yards” and 2009’s “17 Again.”
On Saturday, TMZ reported that first responders were called to Perry’s home to treat a cardiac arrest. Foul play was not suspected, sources told the outlet.
Perry was found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home on Saturday. He was 54
The star had prescription medication, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills, in his home at the time of his death – but no illegal medication, a police source claims.
The LA County Coroner The office currently lists the case status of the actor’s death as “open” and an autopsy is planned.
The following day, Matthew’s family issued a brief statement: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother.”
“Matthew has brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and as a friend. “You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous love that has flowed his way.”
His blended family included his mother, father, two stepparents and five stepsiblings.
Perry starred alongside Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer in the show, which he previously described as “an incredible ride.”
Perry was a smoker and also struggled with alcohol and opiate addictions, but claimed to have been clean shortly before his suspected drowning.
Matthew’s memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Candid, Darkly Funny Book, revealed his struggles with addiction. In 2018, at the age of 49, he suffered a gastrointestinal perforation as a result of his extreme opiate use.
After a two-week coma, he had only a two percent chance of survival and had to use a colostomy bag while his colon healed.
The actor admitted that at the height of his addiction, he was taking about 55 Vicodin tablets a day and weighed just 128 pounds.