• Matthew Perry died unexpectedly last month
  • Sean Penn has remembered him dearly
  • Penn was not shocked by what happened

Oscar-winner Sean Penn recently delivered a poignant tribute to the late Matthew Perry, the beloved 'Friends' star, during a raw and emotional interview with Piers Morgan. In a clip that's sending waves through Tinseltown, Penn reflects on Perry's courageous battle with substance abuse and the indelible mark he left on the world of entertainment.

Sean knows how hard things were for Matthew

Penn is no stranger to personal struggles within his own family, and he commended Perry for his "bold" approach in confronting his demons. "What a talented guy," Penn lamented, recalling a recent encounter with Perry at Los Angeles airport where he praised the actor for his openness about his journey detailed in his book.

The Santa Monica native didn't shy away from the harsh reality of Perry's past, acknowledging the damage done to his health over the years. "It's tragic," Penn stated, expressing his lack of surprise over the sad news of Perry's passing. The 'Friends' alum was found lifeless in his hot tub on October 28, at the age of 54, with a toxicology report still pending.

"I can’t claim to have known him well, but I liked him very much." The 'Milk' actor had battled his own addiction issues in the past and said he admired Perry for openly speaking out about his health woes.

"I saw him somewhat recently, and we were both catching a flight out of Los Angeles airport, and I complimented him on what I knew of his book," Penn explained.

"He seemed to be talking about it, had confronted it, and was very intelligent and bold about it. And generously offering his experience to people to be helpful. It’s tragic, I can’t say that I was terribly surprised. I don’t know what the whole coroner’s report things and everything, but I know he had done a lot of damage to his organs over the years."

Penn said Perry left a lasting impact on the world. "He got to leave that tale behind, and he got to give a lot of joy to a lot of people with his talent," he said. "So, I wish his family well."

Perry died at age 54 last month at his Pacific Palisades home. An official cause of death has still not been determined.

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In a touching revelation, sources told DailyMail.com that Perry's 'Friends' co-stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow, are in preliminary discussions to pay homage to him at the upcoming Emmy Awards. The cast is eager to share their memories and celebrate the life of a man who brought joy to millions.

Sean Penn, who once guest-starred on 'Friends', also addressed comments by director Kevin S. Bright, who had labeled him as the "least successful" guest star. Despite the critique, Penn's admiration for Perry and his legacy remains untarnished.

The actor played "Eric," a school teacher who was engaged to "Phoebe Buffay’s" twin sister "Ursula."

As the entertainment world prepares for the 75th Emmys, scheduled for January 15 in Los Angeles, all eyes will be on the potential tribute to Matthew Perry, a five-time Emmy nominee.

The 'Friends' cast hopes to create a special moment to honor a man who was not just a character on screen, but a friend to many.