Actor Luke Perry passed away on March 4 at the age of 52, days after suffering a massive stroke on Wednesday, February 27th. Perry’s rep, Arnold Robinson, said that Perry was surrounded by his children, fiancee, ex-wife, mother, step-father, siblings, and many other family members at the time of his passing.
His 18-year-old daughter, Sophie, reacted to his death on social media, saying, “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.”
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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. 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.
The actor shot to fame in 1990 thanks to his role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 and was also known for playing legendary bull rider Lane Frost in the 1994 biopic 8 Seconds. His most recent role was as Archie Andrews’ dad Fred on the hit show Riverdale.
According to the CNN, Perry was laid to rest in Tennessee earlier in the week. His death certificate, which was obtained by CNN and other news outlets, revealed that his body was transported to Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson, Tennessee.
The Hollywood actor, who was born in Ohio, called Tennessee “home” since 1995. The Tennessean reports that Perry owned a farm in Vanleer, Tennessee and kept a low profile.
In 2010, there was huge flood in Tennessee and Perry was front and center, distributing water, shoes, and food to flood victims.
Over the years, Luke Perry mostly kept a low-profile in his part-time home in Middle Tennessee, aside from fundraising and volunteer work including during the 2010 flood.
He is known for his huge heart, which his co-stars put on display after his passing. Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Ian Ziering shared a photo of Perry hugging a wheelchair-bound fan, writing, “He was this guy.”
Our continued prayers go out to Perry’s family and friends.