Luke Perry perfectly played the heartbreaker on Beverly Hills, 90210 — the most well known of his many roles — and his sudden death at 52 has left his colleagues and fans around the globe heartbroken.
Perry’s spokesman confirmed his death on Monday, days after a massive stroke, and social media was immediately flooded with tributes to the actor, who had been starring in Riverdale since 2016. There were sweet stories about working with him — or people saying they just wanted to be as cool as him. They all shared the similar sentiment — that he’s gone too soon.
Ian Ziering, Perry’s 90210 co-star, posted one of the sweetest ones. He wrote that he will “forever bask in the loving memories” they shared over the last three decades since they became megastars in the ’90s.
Shannen Doherty, who played Brenda to Perry’s Dylan on 90210, told People magazine, “I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind.” She called him “a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love.” And shared that he “reached out to me during my cancer journey and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained intact.” She ended by saying, “I will miss him everyday. Every minute. Every second.”
She later posted this:
Jennie Garth, who was love interest Kelly on the show, said in a statement to People: “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.”
Tori Spelling told People, “I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie,” his two children with ex-wife Minnie Sharp. “Luke was one of the kindest and most humble human beings I’ve ever known,” she added. “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.”
90210‘s Gabrielle Carteris also posted a note directly to Perry, saying he had a “mighty soul.”
Rebecca Gayheart, who played Dylan McKay’s bride Toni on 90210, also remembered their time together.
Molly Ringwald, who played his ex-wife on Riverdale, wrote, “Goodbye, my friend. I enjoyed dancing with you for a time…”
And other Riverdale co-stars — Lili Reinhart, Marisol Nichols, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Mädchen Amick and Asha Bromfield included— have been posting messages.
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
Woke up this morning a ball of tears. Luke Perry was the kindest, warmest, most loving human being. He always went out of his way to make me feel safe, heard and seen in his presence. I love you so much Luke. Thank you for being a ray of light for me and so many ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xv2lsUCSpS
— ASHA (@ashabrom) March 4, 2019
Perry’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Kristy Swanson wrote that the “tears won’t stop & they never will.”
I abruptly woke at 4:30am thinking about you Luke & I couldn’t go back to sleep, then 5 hours later I hear you are gone. The tears won’t stop & they never ever will. You were that guy, that forever friend, we always had each others back & I will always remember you this way… pic.twitter.com/7DtSvYdIGe
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) March 4, 2019
Stroke survivor Sharon Stone also paid tribute.
This story, shared by Colin Hanks, who randomly met Perry traveling, has received a lot of likes.
And here are many, many more reactions:
With the heaviest of hearts, I am devastated to@tell you we lost Luke. I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who know him and the millions who love him.
RIP, deari… https://t.co/OvqjOm2mqK pic.twitter.com/HktgGQinVy
— Christine Elise (@celisemccarthy) March 4, 2019
— kathleen robertson (@kathleenrobert7) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was a kindhearted and incredibly talented artist. It was an honor to be able to work with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 4, 2019
your giant heart,
enchanted so many
with brilliant aplomb.
R.I.P good sir.
to have known you
all of these years.
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale
— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
So shocking so young! RIP sweet Luke. My love goes out to your family and friends. “Luke Perry passes away just days after the Beverly Hills 90210 star was rushed to the hospital” pic.twitter.com/lkTlKbh8Fj
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) March 4, 2019
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was grounded and sweet. He told the best stories and set a great example of how an actor can handle success and fame with grace and humility. R.I.P., Luke.
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) March 4, 2019
I cannot day enough good things about Luke. I had the pleasure to work w him playing his TV wife & remained friends throughout the yrs. He was such a kind, considerate, loving, generous, talented, caring man. I’m gutted by the loss of such a beautiful soul. RIP #LukePerry ❤️🙏😔 pic.twitter.com/jxaNS65Y1v
— Lana Parrilla (@LanaParrilla) March 4, 2019
i had the honor of playing luke perry’s son and he is the best. the nicest. the coolest. my heart is heavy. 🙁 RIP luke ❤️
— aidan alexander (@aidan) March 4, 2019
Prayers going up for Mr. Luke's family and loved ones. He was one of the nicest guys I've ever had the pleasure of working with and gave me some of the best career advice ever. Blessed to know you, sir. Hope we meet again someday… #RIPLukePerry #GoneTooSoon 💔 pic.twitter.com/TqaqJpwC0w
— Aiden Flowers (@TheAidenFlowers) March 4, 2019
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. In high school we all wanted to be as cool as you.
— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) March 4, 2019
Such a sweet, sweet man and a talented actor. I feel blessed to have had the chance to work with him on 2 different projects over the years, but even more blessed to know him.
RIP, Luke. pic.twitter.com/qatDpSHUmh
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) March 4, 2019
The Arquettes all wrote about Perry’s friendship with the late Alexis Arquette.
Luke Perry – Irreplaceable beautiful and kind human being, incredible friend, generous actor and adoring father to Jack and Sophie and loving partner to Madison we are all heartbroken. You are the love and you are the light. pic.twitter.com/X3ycTvmXsb
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 4, 2019
Dear Liuke ..love love and my heart is so sad I’m sending love to your family and Alexis is waiting for you ,you will laugh and dance God bless you 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿😇
— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) March 4, 2019
They were very close and my mother loved him dearly. We love him dearly all
— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) March 4, 2019
If there is a kinder, more humane, more humble actor or coworker in the world I have yet to know them and probably never will. We were so blessed to work with Luke and will carry in our hearts his example forever. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. https://t.co/WbLm6ljGV4
— Love, Greg (@GBerlanti) March 4, 2019
Our hearts go to Luke Perry, a member of the Buffy family. pic.twitter.com/S6aYGCyPSz
— Buffy Vampire Slayer (@BuffyTVS) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry dead at 52? Oh man, that's so wrong and so sad. Condolences to family, friends, and fans all over this round world. 🙁
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2019
I hate this so much. Worked with him twice. “John from Cincinnati” and then we wore ghillie suits together on the Arbor Day episode of “Raising Hope.” He was funny, particular, loved his old pickup, stayed the full 8 seconds on a bull, and was my friend. RIP https://t.co/031EsKvuQA
— Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) March 4, 2019
The first person I remember watching on TV and thinking “that guy is cool” was Luke Perry. He made a kid from BK wanna go to Baja to surf for the weekend. My heart goes out to his loved ones. He will be missed.
— Jerry Ferrara (@jerryferrara) March 4, 2019
My friend Luke Perry has left us. I will miss you.
We are all here for such a short time. We need to love each other and have compassion. That is all. And that’s all it’s ever been.
— Steven Weber (@TheStevenWeber) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry .. big love to his friends and family ❤️😔🙏🏼tragic
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) March 4, 2019
— Lorenzo Lamas (@lorenzolamas) March 4, 2019
I just heard about Luke. I am beyond shock and disbelief. So tragic to lose him so young. My heart is with his family. Goodbye, Old Friend. #RIPLukePerry
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) March 4, 2019
I worked with him just once, on an episode of #PoundPuppies where our cartoon characters fell I love. We didn’t record together but it is still a career highlight for me. My Cookie loved Luke’s coyote character for REAL real. pic.twitter.com/C6dR4sTR3c
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 4, 2019
When I was lucky enough to work with Luke Perry I told him about the pillow of his face I used to sleep with and he yelled "You are such a weirdo!" at me and it was the best. Sending love to his friends and family.
— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 4, 2019
Crushed. Luke Perry was truly a great guy. Warm, kind, generous and hard working. We met very young, I witnessed the grace with which he became a pop icon & parent. He’s been an awesome example of how to stay decent in a swirl of crazy. Love to his family❤️ https://t.co/bGlTX8mNbB
— Seth Green (@SethGreen) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was humble and kind every time we crossed paths. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.
— scott foley (@scottkfoley) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind. Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was a character actor in the body of a heartthrob.
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) March 4, 2019
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2019
Condolences to the family of Luke Perry. 😞
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 4, 2019
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 4, 2019
Super sad to hear the news about actor Luke Perry. Interviewed him several times, always such a lovely gentleman. Great guy. God bless him and his family. pic.twitter.com/YZq59joDK3
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) March 4, 2019
— Elaine Hendrix (@elaine4animals) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry is one of the good guys in our business. He was always kind, and respectful, and happy to pass on what he had learned to young actors like me learning how to navigate the entertainment industry. #RIPLukePerry
— ERIC BALFOUR (@ERICBALFOUR) March 4, 2019
#LukePerry was my first & only tv crush. If anyone in his family happens to see this: thank you for sharing your loved one with us. We mourn with you & cherish his memory always ❤️
— Rachael Leigh Cook (@RachaelLCook) March 4, 2019
— AUSTIN NICHOLS (@AustinNichols) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was one of the nicest, most genuine, loveliest people I have met working in this town. He was kind and vibrant and full of stories that he loved to share. He was a beautiful being and this is a sad, sad day.
— Julie Plec (@julieplec) March 4, 2019
Rest in peace, my brother. Love and light around you forever, and your beautiful family. You touched us all. Godspeed.
— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) March 4, 2019
Oh my. Luke Perry. A sweet gentleman. Lovely sense of humor. My heart goes out to his family. #RIPLukePerry
— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) March 4, 2019
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was my 1st crush. Eh, more like obsession (I wore pins w his face on them to school 🙊) I used to dream of making it to LA just to meet him. I never got to, but I've always heard he was a really great person. 😔 Praying for his family & kids…. Rest in love ❤️❤️❤️❤️🌥
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was just 52 and gone way too soon. Please take a moment to note the signs of a stroke. pic.twitter.com/YMRB3PKlm9
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) March 4, 2019
We are saddened by the passing of Ohioan and Browns fan, Luke Perry.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
Rest in peace, Luke pic.twitter.com/yy00cHi72j
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 4, 2019
Very saddened by this loss. Luke Perry was not only a talented actor—but a warm, kind person who made his home state proud. My thoughts are with his friends, family, and loved ones. https://t.co/MuSHhLsWOA
— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 4, 2019
According to Perry’s rep, he was “surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée 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” when he died on Monday. “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.”
The producers of Riverdale, the CW show which featured Perry as Fred Andrews, announced the show will be shutting down production following the news. In a statement, they called Perry “everything you would hope he would be” — and that included “an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart” as well as a “true friend” to all.
A statement from Riverdale’s executive producers, Warner Bros., and The CW. pic.twitter.com/1YNhbaupHv
— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) March 4, 2019
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