Luke Perry -- who starred on "Riverdale" but became famous as a teen heartthrob during his time on "90210" -- died Monday after suffering a massive stroke last week.
Perry rose to fame as bad boy Dylan McKay during the '90s on "90210," along with castmates Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestly. Perry had recently been in the public eye portraying Fred Andrews, the father of redheaded All-American boy Archie Andrews, on The CW's "Riverdale."
“Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me,” Doherty, whose "90210" character Brenda Walsh dated Perry's McKay, said in a post on Instagram. “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.”
"I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend," Doherty told People. "I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind."
“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.
“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. I will miss him everyday. Every minute. Every second.”
“Luke loved his family,” Doherty also told People. “He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them. He showed me videos of the often … They were his heart and for him, his biggest accomplishment.”
Doherty also told People she had recently seen Perry. “A couple of weeks ago in February, Luke and I met up for lunch. He chose the restaurant based on who would allow his dog,” she said. “I walked in and there he was, smiling, with his dog Penny and her bed under the booth, happy as can be,” she the actress. “I will never forget -- and will miss -- Luke looking at me with that smile of his saying … Shan.”
Other cast members from "90210" also offered their thoughts on Perry's passing.
Fellow castmate Tori Spelling, who played Donna Martin on “90210,” also spoke to People, saying, “I’m in utter shock and heartbroken. I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie. 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.”
“My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person,” Jennie Garth told People. Garth played Kelly Taylor on “90210,” whose character had a relationship with Perry’s Dylan McKay. “I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.”
“I am absolutely heartbroken,” Gabrielle Carteris, who played Andrea Zuckerman on “90210,” said in a statement. “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.” She later tweeted more about her former co-star.
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— Gabrielle Carteris (@TheGabrielle_C) March 4, 2019
Ian Ziering said he will forever "bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years."
Co-star Jason Preistly indirectly commented via a response on Twitter.
Christine Elise McCarthy, who starred in an early season of "90210" as Emily Valentine, also shared her thoughts.
The death of the 52-year-old actor shocked many more of his former co-stars and other big names in Hollywood, who took to social media to share their reactions.
A touching message was shared by "Riverdale" co-star Molly Ringwald.
“I can't even begin to express the shock and sorrow I feel by the untimely death of my friend Luke Perry,” Ringwald, who stars opposite Perry on “Riverdale,” said in a statement. “He was one of the kindest, caring souls I've ever worked with. An incredible committed and proud father to his kids and a constant loyal friend to those he loved. I consider myself so lucky to have counted myself among them. With the many other people who adored him, his loss will be felt for a long long time. I miss him terribly.” She had earlier in the day tweeted her sadness over Perry’s death.
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ?? #LukePerry— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
More "Riverdale" stars past and present also shared their feelings with fans, including Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Robin Givens, Ross Butler, Marisol Nichols and Casey Cott.
I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
I’m thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.
I just can’t believe it.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
one of the kindest most gentle souls this world has ever known #riplukeperry— Robin Givens (@Therocknrobn) March 4, 2019
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
Alyson Stoner, who starred as Perry's daughter in "Alice Upside Down," posted a message to her "Dad."
An especially emotional message came from Kristy Swanson, Perry's co-star from the 1992 film "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer"
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
Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars with Perry in the forthcoming "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also paid respect.
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
'80s, '90s and former teen stars also shared their admiration of Perry and disbelief at his loss.
L.P.— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) 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.
I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Mr. Luke Perry many times, most recently this past October in NYC. Devastated to hear the news. A piece of our childhood gone. But never forgotten. Love going out to his family, friends, fans, and co-stars and co-workers. RIP Luke ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/43dUDFYNfc— Debbie Gibson (@DebbieGibson) March 4, 2019
I don’t understand how he’s gone.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 4, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/17AzJD491m
Rest Luke — the way you always treated me (and anyone I ever introduced you to, no matter how much they screamed and squealed with joy and excitement) — in peace. #RIPLukePerry— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) March 4, 2019
Cherish every moment. ???? pic.twitter.com/Cgd9qeVKRX
I’m heartbroken to hear Luke Perry passed away. Sending love to his family and friends. R.I.P.— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) March 4, 2019
And even more stars took to social media to honor the late actor.
Luke Perry ??— Janel Parrish (@JanelParrish) March 4, 2019
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
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
Condolences to the family of Luke Perry. ??— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 4, 2019
OMG!!! Soo shocked to hear about #LukePerry passing away!! ???? Such a nice man who I've known for many years from back in the day on 90210. Prayers up to his family! #RESTINPARADISE #GONETOSOON ?????????????? https://t.co/ta6glKxvz4— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) 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
RIP Luke Perry .. big love to his friends and family ????????tragic— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) 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
RIP Luke Perry! You made your mark. ??— Jesse Metcalfe (@jessemetcalfe) 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
This is so so sad. Luke Perry has died at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy, his ex-wife, and his family and friends. Thinking of them all today.?? #LukePerry pic.twitter.com/1vbzN6Xvst— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was my first real crush. I wrote him fan letters. I had posters of him. He was IT. He was my teenage dream. His passing at the age of 52 is truly devastating. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.— Ingrid Michaelson (@ingridmusic) 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
Both of my parents had strokes. It's a nightmare. Make sure you and your parents get checked for high blood pressure, and if a doctor tells you to go on a medication, go on it. If you can't afford a medication, research the candidates who will give you healthcare and vote. pic.twitter.com/Cxl5akul8t— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) March 4, 2019