Luke Perry's Inconsolable Fans Mourn Death of Their Generation's ‘Heartthrob' in Touching Posts
Luke Perry's fans are in a deep state of mourning following the actor's death. They took to Twitter to express their grief.
The "Beverly Hills 90210" alum passed away on Monday after suffering a stroke at his Sherman Oaks home on Thursday, February 28.
As he lay on his deathbed in St Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, family and friends surrounded the beloved star. Perry played Dylan McKay in the popular series in the 90s.
News of his passing hit Perry's longtime fans hard. One person said that he was "the heartthrob of [her] late teens and [she's] just so incredibly sad."
Others posted throwback photos of the actor in his younger days. Perry passed away at the age of 52. Rest in peace wishes littered social media platforms.
Clips of the actor starring in what was once a favorite show for many were also posted. A person named Mimi said she'd run home to watch "Beverly Hills 90210 reruns every day after school."
Perry also gained fans from his most recent role in "Riverdale" where he played Archie Andrews. Many people shared stories about the kindness and down to earth nature Perry possessed.
One such person was actress and fan Santina Muha who stars in "One Day At A Time" on Netflix.
I don’t even know where to begin.... R.I.P. Luke Perry! You will forever remain the O.G. Teen Bad Boy Heartthrob of my heart. pic.twitter.com/hoZ2IQH4I4— the real glen c (@xanderific_) March 4, 2019
Upon hearing news of Perry's stroke, she said on social media:
"I'm praying for #LukePerry. This is a man who drove to Chatsworth, CA to visit one of his biggest fans in the hospital, stayed for an hour, called later to check in - with no agenda or press."
She finished by saying, "He's a great person & I'm just sad for him & hope he has a full & fast recovery."
When news reached Muha that Perry had passed away, she tweeted:
"Oof this one hurts. I'm shook. I will always love you, #LukePerry."
Jennifer Quirino is another tweeter user who shared sentiments about the loss. Quirino once met Perry back in 1997 at her local K-mart. At the time, she was a crying teenager.
"My heart stopped. He saw me crying and jumping up and down and walked over to me and hugged me and wiped my tear and said, 'Honey don't cry, people will be afraid to come to K-mart.'"
Moments before his death, family including fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, Perry's mother Ann Bennett, his stepfather Steve Bennett, his brother Tom Perry, his sister Amy Coder, and his ex-wife Minnie Sharp stood at Perry's side.
His two children Jack and Sophia also traveled to see their father. Since their loss, the family has released a statement.
“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."
A consistent presence in the landscape of television, Luke Perry was the teen heartthrob of a generation, but also so much more. Buffy's first boyfriend. Archie's dad. A Biker Mouse from Mars. His talents were diverse, and his mark on TV & film notable. He will be missed. #RIP— Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati) March 4, 2019
Screenwriter Michael Varrati shared an accurate description of Perry and how we all feel about his passing.
"A consistent presence in the landscape of television, Luke Perry was the teen heartthrob of a generation, but also so much more. Buffy’s first boyfriend. Archie’s dad. A Biker Mouse from Mars. His talents were diverse, and his mark on TV & film notable. He will be missed.”