Jennifer Aniston reflects on ‘chosen family’ in tribute to Matthew Perry: ‘We were always the 6 of us’

Jennifer Aniston paid touching tribute to Matthew Perry in a lengthy post on Instagram more than two weeks after her “Friends” co-star’s death.

“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,” she wrote in a post on Nov. 15.

“And we loved him deeply. He was such a part of our DNA. We were always the 6 of us. This was a chosen family that forever changed the course of who we were and what our path was going to be. For Matty, he KNEW he loved to make people laugh. As he said himself, if he didn’t hear the ‘laugh’ he thought he was going to die. His life literally depended on it. And boy did he succeed in doing just that.”

Aniston then reflected on old messages from Perry.

“He made all of us laugh,” she continued. “And laugh hard. In the last couple weeks, I’ve been pouring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying then laughing again.”

She shared how Perry is still a regular presence in her life.

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

Aniston also shared a screenshot of an old text message from Perry that showed a photo of them smiling together with the message, “Making you laugh just made my day. It made my day:).”

“Awwww the first of THOUSANDS of times…” Aniston responds.

Perry, 54, was found unresponsive in his jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home on Oct. 28, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead by Los Angeles City Fire Department officials responding to the scene.