Jennifer Aniston tells fans ‘time goes fast’ after Matthew Perry death

The Friends alum shared an inspirational message with fans urging them to ‘love the people around you’

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Jennifer Aniston is reminding fans to be grateful for their loved ones this Christmas season.

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The actress reshared words written by former basketball star to encouraging her followers to “love hard” and “let go of fear” two months after the shocking death of her Friends co-star Matthew Perry.

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“Have you ever sat with yourself and thought about the concept of life? Time goes by FAST,” she posted on Instagram [per the New York Post] “You don’t get that back. Please go live. Love hard. Let go of fear. Love yourself. Love the people around you.”

The passage continued, urging readers to “appreciate the hardships.”

“Trust YOUR process. Feed your faith and never forget to FEEL. A lifetime isn’t that long.”

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Jennifer Aniston shared an inspirational message with her followers for the holidays. Photo by Jennifer Aniston /Instagram

Aniston’s inspirational words came after she opened up on Perry’s death in a conversation with Reese Witherspoon.

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“He was healthy. He had quit smoking. He was getting in shape,” Aniston tearfully told her fellow Morning Show co-star in a conversation for Variety’s Emmys edition.

“I was literally texting with him that morning, funny Matty,” Aniston said. “He was not in pain. He wasn’t struggling. He was happy … I want people to know he was really healthy, and getting healthy. He was on a pursuit. He worked so hard. He really was dealt a tough one. I miss him dearly. We all do. Boy, he made us laugh really hard.”

After sharing a joint statement saying they were “utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew” following his death on Oct. 28 at age 54, Perry’s Friends co-stars who also included David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow took to social media to post individual salutes to the late actor.

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“Having to say goodbye to our Matty has been an insane wave of emotions that I’ve never experienced before,” Aniston wrote in an Instagram post. “We all experience loss at some point in our lives. Loss of life or loss of love. Being able to really SIT in this grief allows you to feel the moments of joy and gratitude for having loved someone that deep. And we loved him deeply.”

The actress concluded her post by echoing a sentiment from Perry’s other castmates writing that he is now “completely at peace.”

“Matty, I love you so much and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain,” Aniston wrote. “I talk to you every day… sometimes I can almost hear you saying ‘could you BE any crazier?’ Rest little brother. You always made my day…”

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Perry, who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for much of his life, was found dead in the hot tub of his Los Angeles-area home on Oct. 28. His cause of death was attributed to the lethal effects of the anesthetic ketamine.

The five-time Emmy nominee was reportedly “receiving ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety,” according to USA Today.

In his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry wrote about using ketamine “to ease pain and help with depression.”

“It was something different, and anything different is good,” Perry wrote [per Us Weekly]. “Taking K is like being hit in the head with a giant happy shovel. But the hangover was rough and outweighed the shovel.”

Adding that the infusions made him feel as if he were dying, Perry detailed his struggle with the drug.

“‘Oh,’ I thought, ‘This is what happens when you die,’” Perry wrote. “Yet I would continually sign up for this s*** because it was something different, and anything different is good.”

Ultimately, Perry told readers: “Ketamine was not for me.”

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