“Friends” Creators Recall Their 'Chipper' Conversation with Matthew Perry 2 Weeks Before His Death

Marta Kauffman and David Crane previously called Perry's death "The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken" in a touching joint statement shared with PEOPLE

<p>Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic; Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty</p> From left: Matthew Perry, and David Crane with Marta Kauffman

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From left: Matthew Perry, and David Crane with Marta Kauffman

Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane are looking back on the last conversation they had with Matthew Perry.

In a preview of Wednesday’s episode of the Today show, the hit television creators told host Hoda Kotb about the positive final exchange they had with the late actor just two weeks before the news of his death.

"It was great," Kauffman, 67, recalled. "He was happy and chipper. He didn’t seem weighed down by anything. He was in a really good place, which is why this seems so unfair."

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<p> Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic</p> Matthew Perry

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Matthew Perry

On Saturday, Perry, who was best known for his role of Chandler Bing on Friends, was found dead in his Los Angeles home after an apparent drowning. He was 54.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to PEOPLE that first responders arrived at the residence at 4:07 p.m. Saturday.

"An adult male patient was deceased prior to first response arrival," an LAFD spokesperson told PEOPLE. "The patient was found by a bystander who had repositioned the victim where the head was out of water" in a freestanding jacuzzi. "Firefighters pulled the victim out of the jacuzzi and did a quick medical assessment to find he was deceased."

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<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank</p> Matthew Perry (left) and Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane

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Matthew Perry (left) and Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane

In a joint statement shared with PEOPLE, Kauffman, Crane and executive producer Kevin Bright, reacted to the news of his passing and confessed his death "still seems impossible" to process.

"We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened by our beloved friend Matthew’s passing. It still seems impossible. All we can say is that we feel blessed to have had him as part of our lives. He was a brilliant talent. It’s a cliche to say that an actor makes a role their own, but in Matthew’s case, there are no truer words. From the day we first heard him embody the role of Chandler Bing, there was no one else for us," they said.

"We will always cherish the joy, the light, the blinding intelligence he brought to every moment - not just to his work, but in life as well. He was always the funniest person in the room. More than that, he was the sweetest, with a giving and selfless heart. We send all of our love to his family and friends."

Playing off the show's iconic episode title format, the trio concluded, "This truly is 'The One Where Our Hearts Are Broken.'”

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<p>NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty</p> The cast of 'Friends'

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The cast of 'Friends'

Two days after Perry's sudden death, his fellow castmates from the hit television series — Jennifer AnistonCourteney CoxLisa KudrowMatt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — also spoke out in a joint statement shared with PEOPLE.

"We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family," their statement read. "There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss."

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"In time we will say more, as and when we are able," the statement continued. "For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world."

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