Celebrities pay tribute to Luke Perry, who was 'humble and kind'
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.
Dearest Luke, 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. God please give him a seat close to to you, he deserves it.
A post shared by Ian Ziering (@ianziering) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:31am PST
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:
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. Processing this is impossible right now.
A post shared by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on Mar 5, 2019 at 8:45am PST
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.”
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
A post shared by Gabrielle Carteris (@gabriellecarteris) on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:14pm PST
Rebecca Gayheart, who played Dylan McKay’s bride Toni on 90210, also remembered their time together.
Just heartbroken 💔. I need some time before commenting further. #rip #gonetoosoon #lukeperry #swipeleft
A post shared by Rebecca Gayheart (@rebeccagayheartdane) on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:17pm PST
Molly Ringwald, who played his ex-wife on Riverdale, wrote, “Goodbye, my friend. I enjoyed dancing with you for a time…”
Goodbye, my friend. 💔I enjoyed dancing with you for a time…
A post shared by Molly Ringwald (@mollyringwald) on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:32pm PST
And other Riverdale co-stars — Lili Reinhart, Marisol Nichols, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Mädchen Amick and Asha Bromfield included— have been posting messages.
I don’t have any words now. Maybe I will later. 💔
A post shared by Marisol Nichols (@marisolnichols) on Mar 4, 2019 at 12:03pm PST
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
A post shared by Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) on Mar 4, 2019 at 3:08pm PST
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.
Luke Perry: God’s Speed #RIPLukePerry 💔
A post shared by Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) on Mar 4, 2019 at 4:11pm PST
This story, shared by Colin Hanks, who randomly met Perry traveling, has received a lot of likes.
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I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given todays 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 eachother. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming. If you’re a parent you understand. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours. Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of no where, 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. Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. Plane damn near bursts into applause. 15 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen. 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 shit. I think that balloon man/hero” is Luke Perry”. As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other. Out of the blue he turns to me and says some kind words about Fargo, which kinda blew my mind. I start singing his praises about how long I’ve admired him and also about the move with the balloon. “That’s a pro move! You can’t teach that!” I say. He tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that very reason, to give to screaming kids. Don’t know if that’s true, but have no reason to believe it wasn’t. Guy seemed like a true gent. Gone way too damn soon. Also, I’ll be damned if I don’t start traveling with some spare balloons #promove #rip #lukeperry #truegent
A post shared by Colin Hanks (@colinhanks) on Mar 4, 2019 at 6:34pm PST
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
As a young girl from Hamilton Ontario coming onto the biggest show in the world mid stream, Luke welcomed me from day one. My heart breaks. ❤️ #lukeperry #90210 pic.twitter.com/8QA4SEipqB
— 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
My entire high school experience was shaped by Brenda and Dylan. Now I have to hold my dear friend @theshando hand, while she mourns the loss of #lukeperry This is not how it’s supposed to happen. I hope his family knows many lives he touched. “I chose. I chose you. I want you. I’ve always wanted you” – my favorite quote
A post shared by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on Mar 4, 2019 at 12:09pm PST
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 sad to lose Luke Perry. He did an amazing job in “¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!” for no compensation, because all went to charity. An honor to have him in the video. He will be greatly missed.
A post shared by The Killers (@thekillers) on Mar 4, 2019 at 1:49pm PST
This one is really hard to swallow. I ran into my old friend 1 week ago today. We caught up at chatted about our kids and how amazing life was right now being dads. He was beaming and looked and seemed in great health. He was one of the kindest souls you’ll ever find and anytime I was around him … I would leave with a spring in my step, a smile on my face and a happy reminder of the goodness of people on this earth. We hugged hard like 2 guys who hadn’t seen each other in a while. Then stared into each other’s eyes with pride and mutual respect for the happiness we were experiencing. Can’t believe that will be the last time…. So fortunate to have gotten to do that. May we all be reminded how precious each day and moment is. Rest In Peace and Power brother. #LukePerry
A post shared by Dash Mihok (@dizmihok) on Mar 4, 2019 at 12:42pm PST
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
I don’t understand how he’s gone. His soul always shined so bright. His smile. His talent. His kindness. He was always the coolest person in the room. Rest with the angels, sweet Luke. I will never forget you.
A post shared by Alyssa Milano (@milano_alyssa) on Mar 4, 2019 at 11:44am PST
RIP Luke Perry. 💔 pic.twitter.com/g6rR5lqLUG
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 4, 2019
IN SHOCK. DEAR GOD… Luke Perry, ‘90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ Star, Dies at 52 https://t.co/4yEQvqUd72 via @variety
— 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
Into the Light, Luke Perry.
One of the best….#RedWing pic.twitter.com/Qoov2wcpar
— 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
Heart broken. Never was there a better man. I do love the idea of these two laughing together once again – I love you Luke forever. Go toward the laughter
A post shared by David Arquette (@davidarquette) on Mar 4, 2019 at 1:17pm PST
Rest Luke — the same way you always treated me (and anyone I ever introduced you to, no matter how much they screamed and squealed with excitement) — in peace. #RIPLukePerry Cherish every moment. 🙏🏼
A post shared by DONNIE WAHLBERG (@donniewahlberg) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:29am PST
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
Luke Perry. My thoughts and prayers to all that loved him, and will always love him🙏🏻❤️
A post shared by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Mar 4, 2019 at 12:09pm PST
Luke Perry. One of the kindest men I had ever met. I did not have the pleasure of really knowing him but we all wanted to. My heart feels so much breaking for his family and friends. 💔 I am sorry. Rest In Peace #lukeperry
A post shared by Selma Blair (@selmablair) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:29am PST
This one hits especially hard. Rest well 💔
A post shared by Kate Moennig (@kateomoennig) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:45am PST
A post shared by Jennifer Love Hewitt (@jenniferlovehewitt) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:25am PST
too soon – 💔 – such a sweet man #rip
A post shared by Rosie O’Donnell (@rosie) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:13am PST
Our hearts go to Luke Perry, a member of the Buffy family. pic.twitter.com/S6aYGCyPSz
— Buffy Vampire Slayer (@BuffyTVS) March 4, 2019
Remembering Luke Perry. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5QvaaOk5ce
— Will & Grace (@WillAndGrace) 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
RIP Luke Perry. My heart hurts for your family❤️
A post shared by Viola Davis (@violadavis) on Mar 4, 2019 at 1:25pm PST
Too soon. You have left our hearts broken. You will be missed. RIP #LukePerry #gentleman #actor #class pic.twitter.com/nfOPzL87tN
— 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.
Much respect. #RIPLukePerry https://t.co/rqNxPgUoAN
— 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
Heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking. RIP #LukePerry https://t.co/hVnP3yGUJy
— 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
What a sad loss. RIP Luke Perry, my onscreen husband & baby daddy, and a true blue good ol’ boy in real life. You were taken waaaay too soon. 🕊💔 #lukeperry #rip pic.twitter.com/VdfVXt6OqF
— 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
What a guy! #LukePerry your kindness and generosity, I will never forget. pic.twitter.com/eKK1PFjACw
— 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
So sad. Luke Perry #beverlyhills90210 #riverdale I met him when I was 19 and when we re-met in our 40’s both promoting our #CW roles and shows. I didn’t think he would remember our crazy NYC week after his astronomic success, but he did. A nineties icon will be missed. Love and thoughts to his family during this difficult time. #riplukeperry John Barrowman MBE
A post shared by John Barrowman MBE (@johnscotbarrowman) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:21am PST
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
Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Luke Perry 💔#RIP Luke Perry.
My condolences to Luke’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/fylYeHeTX3
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) March 4, 2019
My heart hurts 💔 One of my first jobs was a guest appearance on 90210. My scenes were with Luke. I had a crush on him for so long and getting to work with him was a dream come true. I just remember him being a super humble and really nice guy.
A post shared by Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:20am PST
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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