Beloved actor Luke Perry passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 this past week. Most recently, he was starring in Riverdale; however Perry first came to prominence thanks to Beverly Hills, 90210.
Perry suffered a massive stroke and passed a few days later.
A statement from Perry's publicist read...
"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé 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. 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. No further details will be released at this time,"
Tributes poured in from all over the entertainment industry, from friends and family alike. However, there was one person that those who grew up watching Luke Perry hoped to hear from.
On Wednesday, one of his closest friends, Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Jason Priestley, posted this heartbreaking memorial to Perry.
He starts with these beautiful words about his friend.
"It's taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this... My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared... Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon..."
Before ending with this personal note.
"and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today... If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well... the candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long... you burned oh, so brightly Luke... Goodnight Sweet Prince."
People were moved.
I had been waiting for and kind of dreading Jason Priestley's response to Luke Perry's death only because I knew he… https://t.co/nVzQAeyS7V— 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝙾𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚢 (@𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝙾𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚢)1551960802.0
@Jason_Priestley I'm so deeply sorry for your loss, Jason. The friendship between Brandon and Dylan was always one… https://t.co/bdUthvj5Ss— Lori LaBianca (@Lori LaBianca)1551973050.0
@Jason_Priestley He was so so wonderful. 😭😭💔💔 I still have not accepted this. When I told him what a fan I was of 9… https://t.co/THBmy2qptu— cheerioo (@cheerioo)1551959311.0
Many expressed how much the friendship between Priestley and Perry's 90210 characters Brandon Walsh and Dylan McKay.
@Jason_Priestley ❤💔 https://t.co/ZoooB0SSL1— Clueless (@Clueless)1551975918.0
@Jason_Priestley He will be missed forever! #RIPLukePerry https://t.co/J3TJyLOEay— Samantha Whittington (@Samantha Whittington)1551964983.0
@Jason_Priestley 😘 Dylan & Brandon 💓 i miss Luke so damn much..its hurts!!#LukePerry #BeverlyHills90210… https://t.co/WQrHp8g3Mm— RiP my👼LukePerry🙏😭💔 (@RiP my👼LukePerry🙏😭💔)1551949839.0
@Jason_Priestley You where either #teamdylan or #teambrandon growing up. I like to think I was both. Luke will be m… https://t.co/kZL7KNKfE8— melissa (@melissa)1551950295.0
Our hearts are with Luke Perry's family.