Luke Perry’s daughter, Sophie Perry, has spoken out after her father’s death on March 4.
On Instagram, the 18-year-old posted a photo of her and her late father.
“A lot has happened in this past week for me,” she wrote on the social media website. “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.”
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Perry said she appreciates the support after her father, who starred in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died of a stroke.
“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 added. “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.”
Perry’s spokesman confirmed his death to a number of news outlets on March 4, saying he was surrounded by friends and family.
“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 representative told the media. “No further details will be released at this time.”
Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling reacted to the news after he died on March 4 in Los Angeles. He suffered a stroke just days prior.
“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,” Doherty, 47, told People magazine.
“Luke loved his family. He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them… They were his heart." ❤️
Doherty’s character on the show was the love interest of Perry’s character on the popular show.
“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,” she added.
The actress, 47, was diagnosed with breast cancer and is in remission.
“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." ❤️
“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,” Doherty added. “I will miss him every day. Every minute. Every second.”
Spelling, 45, who also appeared on “90210,” issued a statement about Perry’s passing.
“I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie,” she said to People. “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.”
Ian Ziering was the first star on “90210,” which ran from 1990 until 2000. He wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Jennie Garth, another former cast member on the Fox teen drama, issued a statement.
“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,” she told People magazine.
And Gabrielle Carteris said: “I am absolutely heartbroken. Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many. He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog. He was a strong voice and an advocate who will be so missed by all who knew him. He has left his mark—never to be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and fans around the globe.”
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