Remembering Luke Perry
- In a tribute post for actor Luke Perry, who passed away at age 52 in 2019, his “Beverly Hills, 90210” costar Tori Spelling took to her social media to share a heartwarming throwback photo of her dancing with Perry.
- She shared the sweet photo on what would have been Perry’s 57th birthday, on October 11, 2023.
- Perry suffered a stroke in his home on Feb. 27, 2019, and passed away on March 4, 2019. Prior to his death, he 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.
- Dealing with the loss of a loved one to cancer is incredibly challenging, but moving forward with the lessons your loved one shared and remembering you don’t have to forget them can be a great place to start.
Luke Perry passed away on March 4, 2019, at the age of 52 at his California home, just days after suffering a massive stroke. Perry, who played Dylan McKay on “90210,” would have turned 57 on October 11, 2023.Read More
The photo featured Spelling, donning a white dress and shoulder-length blonde hair, dancing with Perry at what appears to be a party.
According to People, this isn’t the first time Spelling offered some insight into her friendship with Perry.
Spelling told People in the wake of Perry’s death, “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.”
Then, on the one year anniversary of Perry’s passing, Spelling recounted Perry being “so charming and very Dylan-esque with all the girls.”
“He would just make you feel so special. and it was real. He was such a genuine person,” she added.
Spelling continued, “He used to call me Camel Lashes. At first I said, ‘You’re calling me a camel,’ upset, and then he’s like, ‘No, do you know what that means? Camels have the most beautiful long eyelashes.'”
Remembering Luke Perry
Luke Perry’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 between 1990 to 1995 and 1998 to 2000. Perry also played Fred Andrews in the CW hit “Riverdale,” from 2017 until he passed away in 2019.
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 tragically took Perry’s life at age 52 wasn’t the first health issue he dealt with. Perry had a colorectal cancer scare in 2015, when doctors found precancerous growths and removed them, according to Page Six.
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“If I had waited [to be screened], it could have been a whole different scenario,” Perry told Fox News in a 2017 interview.
Perry, father of two to Sophie and Jack Perry, a 26-year-old professional wrestler currently signed to “All Elite Wrestling,” became an advocate for colorectal screenings after his diagnosis, according to The Mirror, U.K. based news outlet.
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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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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. #RIPLukem,” 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 video 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.
“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.”
Four years after Perry’s passing, his longtime friend and co-star Jason Priestley revealed the loss of Perry was “devastating for him.” He said Perry’s passing reminds him to cherish loved ones and not take them for granted.
“Luke and I obviously were really good friends when we were working on the show together. We were really good friends outside of that too,” Priestly said.
Perry and Priestly worked together on the popular teen drama “Beverly Hills 90210” that began its run in 1990. The duo became teen idols during the show’s run and their on-screen chemistry extended off-screen as well. Priestly told fellow cast members that he and Perry lived near each other, which allowed for some pop-in visits.
“He lived three blocks away from me in Los Angeles and he would just ride his bike over to my house and ring the doorbell. I’d be like, ‘who’s here?’ and I’d open the door and it’d be Luke, like ‘hey dude, what’s up!'” Priestly said.
The two also worked together on projects outside of “Beverly Hills 90210.”
“We worked together a number of times outside of the show and we really enjoyed all the years we had together but unfortunately that got cut short,” Priestly said.
In regard to how devastating Perry’s death was for him and how it changed his outlook on life, Priestly said, “It was a real freak thing that happened with him and it was a good reminder to spend time with people you love and never take any of it for granted.”
Jennie Garth, known as Kelly Taylor on ‘90210,’ also spoke out about Perry following his death, recounting working with him to Los Angeles Magazine, “The beach scenes were always fun. And there was a rooftop pool scene at The Bel Age Hotel in the middle of the night.
“The water was supposed to be warm and it wasn’t, so we requested the crew get in the pool with us, so that everybody was freezing at the same time. We had a good time!”
She also spoke of how the ‘90210’ cast would often go out to parties in their free time, adding, “There were some parties at Trader Vic’s by Century City.
“We used to go to all the clubs, but they’re not there anymore. I used to go to the Coconut Teaszer on Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights and it’s something else now.”
Coping With Grief
Grief is known to “come in waves” and never fully leave you after a loved one has died. To grieve is to have fully loved someone, and that’s a beautiful thing, but the process of grief, can be fulling of missing, longing, and sadness.
Coping with grief after the loss of a loved one, or after a diagnosis of a disease like cancer, can be helped by seeing a psychiatrist, counselor, or oncological social worker.
You don’t have to suffer through your grief alone. Seek outside support when you’ve lost someone close to you.
Contributing: SurvivorNet Staff