Matthew Perry’s best friend and assistant has spoken out after the actor’s sudden passing.
The 54-year-old comedian and Friends funnyman died on Saturday after drowning in his hot tub following a suspected cardiac arrest.
Since his untimely death, thousands of mourners chipped in to pay tributes to Perry and remember him as the kind and generous person that he was.
Among them was the actor’s assistant, Briana Brancato, whom Perry previously called his best friend and credited with saving his life.
While their relationship was strictly platonic, the pair continued to grow as friends throughout the years.
“I’d met her two years earlier, at another rehab where she had been working at the time.I didn’t get sober back then, but I saw how wonderful she was in every way and promptly stole her from that sober living rehab and made her my assistant, and she became my best friend,” Perry wrote in his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.
Now, Briana has spoken out about her friendship with the Chandler Bing actor and vowed that he will stay in her heart forever.
“I’ve expressed my deepest gratitude to him on numerous occasions, not only for guiding me into a career I cherish but also for allowing me to take care of him for 7 years,” she wrote.
“Along w the countless other experiences I’m thankful for. From witnessing him in his genius to sharing in his worldly adventures living around the world, he took me on a remarkable journey.”
The touching tribute concluded: “My heart is heavy, but celebrating my memories is the most profound way to honor his legacy.
“I hope that up there, in the great beyond, Mattman is sending us signs. We truly need them. You’ll forever be in my heart. I love you Matty.”
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