Bradley Whitford has broken his silence in a touching tribute to late co-star Matthew Perry.
The comedian, actor, and Friends star died last Saturday at the age of just 54 after presumed drowning in his hot tub at his Los Angeles home.
Since the tragic news, countless tributes to the funnyman have poured in with his fans and co-stars recalling his ability to make everyone around him smile and his passion for helping other people who were struggling with addiction.
Now, Perry’s ‘The West Wing’ co-star Bradley Whitford penned a heartbreaking tribute to the actor in which he branded his battle with personal issues as heroic.
“Matthew Perry made me laugh. Hard. You have not lived until you have witnessed one of his in-between-the-takes confidential riffs on the absurdity of show business and the idiocy of male confidence, wrapped up perfectly with the sudden realization that we were both grown men who wear makeup for a living,” he wrote.
“Without substances, Matt had a huge, open heart and a pyrotechnical, joyous brain. I think the most beautiful parts of Matt made him the most vulnerable to the monster that he would have to fight for the rest of his life.”
The actor continued: “His battle was heroic. They don’t have award shows for that. They should.
“Matt was full of contradictions. He was hilariously self-deprecating and insecure and wildly self-confident. He was a fountain of light with a huge capacity for darkness. He was profoundly blessed and terribly cursed.”
In his lengthy post, Whitford went on to say he wanted Matthew to be remembered as a person who was kind to everyone while encouraging his fans and loved ones to honor the late comedian by continuing the work that he cared so much about – helping other people and encourage them to get the help they needed.
“I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Matt, to spend some precious time with him, and most of all, to be his friend,” he concluded.
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