Zac Efron devastated by death of 17 Again costar Matthew Perry

• Zac Efron is grieving the loss of his co-star Matthew Perry, who passed away on October 28 at the age of 54 from an apparent drowning at his Los Angeles home
• Perry had plans to make a biopic based on his life in which he wanted Efron to star, and he was enthusiastic about sharing his story and recovery from addiction
• Numerous celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Adele, have paid tribute to Matthew Perry, recounting precious memories and the impact he had on their lives

Here is what happened:

Actor Zac Efron recently shared his devastation over the unexpected passing of Matthew Perry, his costar in the 2009 movie 17 Again. During an interview with Extra, Efron revealed that the Friends star wanted him to play a younger version of himself in a biopic, which is why he felt honored by the suggestion. Efron remarked that he is still saddened by Perry’s death. Perry died on Oct. 28 at the age of 54 in an apparent drowning at his Los Angeles home, and the cause of his death is still being determined by authorities.

Model Athenna Crosby, one of the last people to have spoken to Perry, talked about the plans that Perry had before his death. According to Crosby, he was looking forward to sharing more about his story of addiction recovery and promoting the cause to help others. She noted that he was “happy and optimistic” about everything he aimed to do. In a touching tribute on social media, Crosby remembered Perry as being in “extremely good spirits” prior to his death and asked for people to focus on his accomplishments rather than speculation regarding his passing.

Beyond Efron and Crosby, many other celebrities have shared tributes to Matthew Perry. This includes his Friends costars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer, who responded to the tragedy by expressing their heartfelt loss and explaining that they are taking time to grieve. Other tributes came from actor Bradley Whitford, who praised Perry’s talents and good nature, and singers Adele and Ione Skye, who shared personal experiences of how Perry made an impact on their lives.

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