Just one day after the heartbreaking news of Matthew Perry's passing, tributes for the beloved Friends star are pouring in from fans and fellow actors. Among those paying tribute is Kathleen Turner, who played Helena Handbasket, a transgender character often referred to as Chandler Bing's 'father'.
In a statement to People, Turner expressed her sadness for Perry's untimely death and revealed that she hadn't seen him in over a decade. She fondly remembered him as someone with a good sense of humor and a good heart, emphasizing the importance of liking people, especially for actors.
Turner also shared a heartwarming memory of Perry attending one of her Broadway shows. When he saw her backstage, he enthusiastically yelled out, 'Hey dad,' which delighted everyone present. Reflecting on Perry's struggles with addiction, Turner expressed her sympathy for the pressure he and his Friends co-stars faced as worldwide phenomenon, acknowledging the overwhelming nature of such fame.
Although Turner appeared in only three episodes as Helena Handbasket, she still finds herself recognized by a certain age group as Chandler's dad. This recognition was reiterated during a recent encounter when a young woman realized she was speaking to the iconic character. Turner's portrayal of Chandler's dad is just one of the ways she was part of the Friends legacy.
Warner Bros., the production company behind Friends, also shared their devastation at Perry's passing, highlighting his incredible talent and his lasting impact on global audiences. They extended their condolences to Perry's family, loved ones, and devoted fans in this heartbreaking time.
As tributes continue to pour in for Matthew Perry, his friends, fans, and co-stars are left to cherish the memories of his comedic genius and the legacy he leaves behind.