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Country duo The War and Treaty joined pop artist Charlie Puth to pay tribute to the actors, actresses, and other television personalities who died in the last year. The musicians sang Puth’s song “See You Again” as photos of the late talents were shown on screen. The song transitioned into a touching rendition of the Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You,” in a subtle nod to one of the show’s stars, Matthew Perry.
Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on Friends for 10 seasons, died in October at the age of 54. The beloved actor was found unresponsive in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles-area home.
During a concert in Melbourne, Australian, the following day, Charlie Puth led a stadium full of fans in a singalong of the Friends theme song in honor of the late star. At the end of the song, Puth began singing his own emotional tune, “See You Again,” a song first released as part of the Furious 7 movie soundtrack following the death of the movie’s star, Paul Walker.
The mashup of “I’ll Be There For You” and “See You Again” paired with the voices of thousands of people touched by the life of Matthew Perry, made for an emotional and fitting tribute.
The feeling was very much the same when Charlie Puth and The War and Treaty sang the somber medley during Monday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards show. Fans took to social media to react to the performance.
Watch the emotional In Memoriam segment from the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards below.