Kind words, thoughts and condolences poured out on social media Monday, as colleagues and fans reacted to actor Luke Perry’s untimely death at 52.
Days after he was hospitalized, his former co-star Shannen Doherty gave an emotional interview to “Entertainment Tonight,” saying, “I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him.”
“It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan,” she added, a reference to his “90210” character.
Doherty was far from the only one feeling emotional at Perry’s passing, as evidenced by a social media outpouring of affection in the minutes after the news broke.
Fellow “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Ian Ziering tweeted, “Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”
The executive producers of “Riverdale” – Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater – said in a statement they were “deeply saddened” by Perry’s passing.
“Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all,” the statement read. “A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
Molly Ringwald, a fellow teen idol in the 1980s, tweeted that her “heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family.”
Joss Whedon, who directed Perry on his show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” remembered discussing old movies with the actor.
“The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted ‘Buffy’ to be,” he tweeted. “I asked if he’d ever seen ‘Near Dark’ and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.”
Seth Green, who entered show business around the same time as Perry, said he was “crushed.”
“Luke Perry was truly a great guy,” Green tweeted. Warm, kind, generous and hard working. We met very young, I witnessed the grace with which he became a pop icon and parent. He’s been an awesome example of how to stay decent in a swirl of crazy. Love to his family.”
“I’m stunned,” tweeted “Two and a Half Men” actor Jon Cryer. “Such a lovely guy. With a wonderful sense of humor about fame and the pitfalls of Showbiz. This is just awful.”
Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson recalled Perry as her “first real crush.”
“I wrote him fan letters. I had posters of him,” she tweeted. “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.”
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