Remembering Actor Luke Perry
- “90210” actor Jason Priestley remembered the sweet way late actor Luke Perry would stop by his house unannounced when they loved close to each other.
- Priestley said Perry’s death changed his outlook on life, reminding him to spend time with people he loves.
- Perry suffered a stroke in his home on Feb. 27, 2019, and passed away on March 4, 2019.
- Perry had a colorectal cancer scare in 2015, when doctors found precancerous growths and removed them.
- Screening for colorectal cancer is an incredibly important when it comes to prevention and catching cancer early.
“It’s bittersweet every March when we go by the anniversary of his passing,” Priestly told fellow “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-stars David Lascher and Christine Taylor on their podcast ‘People’ reported.Read More
Remembering Luke PerryPerry’s first big break came in the 90s when he played Dylan McKay on “90210” — and his acting career took off from there. He worked on the show from 1990 to 1995 and 1998 to 2000. More recently, Perry played Fred Andrews in the CW hit “Riverdale.” Perry suffered a stroke in his home on Feb. 27, 2019, and after spending several days in the hospital, he passed away on March 4, 2019, according to People. The stroke that sadly took Perry’s life at age 52 wasn’t his first health issue. Perry had a colorectal cancer scare in 2015, when doctors found precancerous growths and removed them, according to Page Six. “If I had waited [to be screened], it could have been a whole different scenario,” Perry told Fox News in a 2017 interview.
Perry became an advocate for colorectal screenings after his diagnosis, according to The Mirror, U.K. based news outlet.
Perry was a father of two to Sophie and Jack Perry. Jack, now 25, is currently a professional wrestler for “All Elite Wrestling.”
Co-Stars Reflect on Friendship with Perry
On the one year anniversary of his passing, co-star Ian Ziering shared a photo on his Instagram remembering Perry.
“Hard to believe it’s been a year since losing Luke,” the caption read. “Though time heals wounds, the pain of loss lasts forever. Miss you so much pal. #RIPLuke,” Ziering wrote in a caption.
More recently, other cast members including Shannen Doherty, a breast cancer warrior herself, remembered Perry on the four-year anniversary of his passing. She reshared a clip in February from the show of her and Luke Perry embracing on the beach.
In the clip, Doherty is seen kissing Perry while laying in the sand as the ocean waves come crashing down on them. At one point, the waves become overwhelming and the actors jump up and laugh, before Perry runs further into the water with Doherty right behind.
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“Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love,” Doherty previously shared. “Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey, and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained intact.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
As previously mentioned, Perry dedicated some of his free time advocating colorectal cancer screenings. In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, SurvivorNet wants to remind you to stay current on your colon cancer screenings.
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Screening for colorectal cancer is an incredibly important when it comes to prevention, and catching cancer early. Colon cancers can begin as a polyp, or small growth, in the colon that causes no symptoms. Polyps can’t be felt, but they can be picked up by screening tests before they cause a problem. Typically, it takes up to 10 years for a colon polyp to turn into full-blown cancer — this gives doctors time to remove polyps before they become an issue.
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