On Monday, it was announced that Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale star Luke Perry died at the age of 52 following a stroke that was previously reported on Feb. 28. Since his untimely death was announced yesterday, many celebrities have taken to social media to honor the late actor. Those tributes include Perry’s 90210 and Riverdale costars remembering him with emotional posts on Twitter and Instagram.
At the time of his death, Perry’s rep released a statement reading: “Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
There’s no denying Perry’s death has come as a complete shock to many, including those closest to him. Now, his loved ones are honoring the star with beautiful messages showing how special of a person he truly was. Below are just a few posts from the casts of Riverdale and 90210, respectively, all of whom worked closely with Perry and formed close-knit bonds with the actor.
— Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) March 4, 2019
I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.
I’m thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
I’m totally heartbroken. Luke took me under his wing the day I was cast and made me feel like I belonged. He was the most generous, wise soul with unmatched kindness. He treated everyone with love and joy. We had so much fun. Praying for his family.
— Casey Cott (@CaseyCott) March 5, 2019
Angel…no words 💔 pic.twitter.com/YIQg71kL7B
— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) March 5, 2019
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My heart is broken ….There are so many special moments in life that we all take for granted …like @madchenamick pulling out her phone and taking this sweet and silly ‘selfie’ of us all. We assume that the #laughter will last or that they’ll be another time to tell someone just how important they are to you ….#lukeperry was of the most kind and gentle souls this world has ever been given …. a true gift and I’m deeply grateful and will forever cherish the time we shared …..the friendship , the talks about our kids and politics and directing and tennis and wrestling. I love you Luke and you will always hold a special place in my heart. I miss you already 😢🙏❤️#riverdalefamily #riverdalestrong
In addition to the cast of Perry’s most recent series paying tribute to him, the cast of the show that propelled Perry to stardom, 90210, also honored his memory. Here’s what they had to say.
I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.
— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) March 4, 2019
Dearest Luke- I am so heart broken and at a loss for words. You my friend were a mighty soul and have left your mark. My love and prayers to the family and all who loved you. RIP
— Gabrielle Carteris (@TheGabrielle_C) March 4, 2019
— kathleen robertson (@kathleenrobert7) March 4, 2019
In addition to the above tributes from his 90210 family, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling all released statements reacting to Perry’s sudden death.
First, Spelling wrote a statement that she shared with People. “I’m in utter shock and heartbroken,” she wrote. “I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie. Luke was one of the kindest and most humble human beings I’ve ever known. I’m grateful for the years of friendship we had. He truly was family to me, a protector and a brother. I’m so sorry for the loss that everyone is experiencing.”
Garth also told the publication, “My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.”
As for Doherty, who had a meaningful relationship with Perry, she gave a lengthy statement to People that partly read, “Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love. Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained in tact.”
Doherty continued, “There is a special kind of love one has for each other when you are experiencing the journey we did on 90210 and of course life in general. Luke and I were working on show ideas for us. We wanted to work with each other again and create something special and meaningful for our fans at this stage in our lives. I will miss him every day. Every minute. Every second.”
Perry clearly touched the lives of many, but especially those he worked with over the years. He will truly be missed, but certainly never forgotten.