Those who knew Luke Perry continue to pay emotional tribute to him in the wake of his shocking death Monday. The 52-year-old suffered a “massive” stroke last week, and reportedly never regained consciousness. Those who worked with him have universally hailed his spirit, heart, generosity and talent. Production on the CW’s Riverdale, in which he starred as Archie’s dad, remains suspended.
Shannen Doherty, who played opposite Perry in Beverly Hills, 90210, shared her intense sadness and shock on Instagram Tuesday.
She wrote: “Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me. I'm struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives.”
She added, “Processing this is impossible right now.”
Perry and Doherty reconnected in recent years as Doherty battled breast cancer.
COLIN HANKS SPEAKS OUT
Colin Hanks, Tom Hanks’ son, also shared a memory about Perry.
The 41-year-old wrote on Instagram: “I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given today’s sad events. My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of each other. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming,” he continued. “It was like this for close to two hours. Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of nowhere, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon. He ties it off, hands it off like he’s holding out a sword to a king.”
He continued: “We get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife, ‘Holy s–t. I think that balloon man/hero is Luke Perry.’ As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other.”
The actor’s 18-year-old daughter broke her silence as well. Sharing a photo of herself and her father, Sophie wrote: “A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast. I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family, And in the past 24 hours I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support.”
“I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I,” she continued. “I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.”
Riverdale’s newest episode is set to air on Wednesday, March 6 on The CW. No word on whether the network will include any tribute to the late actor.