Tragically, actor Luke Perry of 90210 and most recently Riverdale has passed away. The news comes after Perry suffered a massive stroke last week. News of his death came on Monday, as he had died that morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank. The actor was 52 years old.
Family and loved ones stayed by Perry's side until the end. His children Jack and Sophie, his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, and sister Amy Coder were all with him when he passed.
So now, condolences and sorrow for Perry's passing have flooded social media. Many are recounting stories of their experience with Perry, and none have anything but kind words to say about him. Keep reading and you'll see what a great person he really was, including a touching story from actor Colin Hanks.
Luke Perry may be gone, but fond memories of him remain.
I'm at the age where every kid in 8th grade watched 90210. I was Team Brandon because I related more to someone who… https://t.co/R8tAMyV9ZX— David Iserson (@David Iserson)1551724037.0
Perry was a staunch supporter of Hollywood's writers.
https://t.co/VyfLM6UxNF— David Iserson (@David Iserson)1551724422.0
Perry was the definition of a good neighbor.
Luke Perry was a truly lovely next-door neighbor to my grandfather and aunt. Like, he came over to replace light bu… https://t.co/gu179PmpdV— evafay (@evafay)1551731359.0
He was a man of action.
Regarding the heartbreaking news of Luke Perry's passing today, here's my favorite story about the guy: The time a… https://t.co/3t32DVdCan— Cleuci de Oliveira (@Cleuci de Oliveira)1551740461.0
This thread by actor Heather Matarazzo is the sweetest.And who didn't wanna hang with Dylan McKay?!
Here was the best part for Matarazzo:Luke Perry's kindness is all anybody who met him can talk about.
He visited "One Day At A Time" actor Santina Muha in the hospital.
I’m praying for #LukePerry . This is a man who drove to Chatsworth, CA to visit one of his biggest fans in the hosp… https://t.co/o4Debkdxam— Santina Muha (@Santina Muha)1551379603.0
'Riverdale' creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had a great relationship with Perry.
So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene,… https://t.co/PjYV440en0— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@RobertoAguirreSacasa)1551727860.0
Did you know that Luke Perry owned land in Tennessee?
Y’all might know Luke Perry had some land here in Tennessee. Maybe you don’t know that during the flood of 2010, he… https://t.co/I3mccxm7DL— Josh Raby (@Josh Raby)1551744760.0
He was a model customer.
Here's the story of Luke Perry's mysterious briefcase:
He joined campaign efforts.
I met Luke Perry in ‘06 - he came home to Ohio to campaign for Sherrod Brown (Sherrod’s father, a Mansfield doctor,… https://t.co/J1xAdB7UjB— Michael O’Neil (@Michael O’Neil)1551724291.0
He made his press rounds with grace.
Luke Perry was one of the most genuine, kindhearted, and thoughtful actors I've ever had the chance to meet. When I… https://t.co/6G0muhapWl— Chris King (@Chris King)1551729398.0
Perry was easy to get along with.
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever se… https://t.co/RRbxMaMtBF— Joss Whedon (@Joss Whedon)1551722926.0
He took time for his fans.
Met Luke Perry when I was 20. I interrupted his dinner & he kindly took a pic w/ me. One of the most humble & kind… https://t.co/wLvhb6R9Nt— Deborah Muller RDH (@Deborah Muller RDH)1551726729.0
When Alf LaMont was younger, Luke Perry was a regular at the restaurant he worked at.
On my first day in the mailroom at Paradigm, he called down to congratulate me and wish me luck, and that’s the las… https://t.co/ISPh2hziHq— Alf LaMont (@Alf LaMont)1551726780.0
He was a real gent.
My Luke Perry story: while at a party, I nearly fell each time someone stepped on the train of my dress. The party… https://t.co/JWx1m5Pucr— Tiffany Vogt (@Tiffany Vogt)1551737781.0
Take the time to read this full note from author Samantha Joyce:
I wanted to share my story of meeting #LukePerry years ago because I think of it often. He left a huge imprint on m… https://t.co/IsIMcOorex— Samantha Joyce (@Samantha Joyce)1551725967.0
Now, a story from Colin Hanks is making the rounds.
via: GettyAnd rather than remembering Perry's work as an actor, Hanks is among those remembering him for being such a caring individual.
They only met once.
via: GettyAnd not on a TV or movie set; the two actors crossed paths while on a flight back from Mexico.
In Hanks's story, Perry intervened when two kids were quarreling.
via: GettyI only met him once but the story is too good not tell given today's sad events. My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of each other. -colin hanks
They just wouldn't stop fighting.
via: Getty ImagesTheir poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming. If you're a parent you understand. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours. Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. -colin hanks
But a hero emerges...
via: GettyOut of nowhere, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon. -colin hanks
Because sometimes, kids just need some fun.
via: GettyHe ties it off, hands it off like he's holding out a sword to a king. Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. -colin hanks
And the rest of the passengers needed a break.
via: GettyPlane damn near bursts into applause. 15 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen. -colin hanks
Hanks then spoke to Perry personally.
via: GettyWe get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally, get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife "Holy shit. I think that balloon man/hero" is Luke Perry". As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other. Out of the blue he turns to me and says some kind words about Fargo, which kinda blew my mind. -colin hanks
And Hanks was a fan.I start singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the balloon. "That's a pro move! You can't teach that!" I say. -colin hanks
But here was Perry's secret:
via: Getty ImagesHe tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that very reason, to give to screaming kids. Don't know if that's true, but have no reason to believe it wasn't. Guy seemed like a true gent. Gone way too damn soon. Also, I'll be damned if I don't start traveling with some spare balloons ??? -colin hanks
Here's the full, heartwarming post from Instagram.
By all accounts, this is just the type of person Perry was.
via: GettyKind and thoughtful, and he didn't help people for personal gain...he just helped them because it was right. Share this story with your friends! A person this awesome deserves to be remembered.