Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty is “devastated” over the loss of her co-star and friend Luke Perry and shared some of her favorite memories of the late star to honor his life.
Perry, 52, died Monday following a “massive” stroke last week. Doherty, who asked for prayers from fans just days before his death, told People Magazine that she was “in shock. Heartbroken.”
“I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind,” Doherty, 47, said.
Doherty and Perry played one of television’s most iconic couples, Brenda Walsh and Dylan McKay, on the hit 90s show, 90210.
Doherty revealed that she and Perry had previously lost touch for a few years but had reunited after she battled cancer in 2015.
She revealed that among Perry’s many accomplishments, including his recent starring role on The CW’s hit show Riverdale, his greatest was being a father.
“Luke loved his family. He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them. He showed me videos of the often,” says Doherty. “They were his heart and for him, his biggest accomplishment.”
(Above, Perry with his daughter, Sophie, before her prom)
“Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love,” she said. “Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained in tact,”
While their former cast members announced a reboot of 90210 last week, Doherty revealed that she and Perry, both of whom had not signed on for the FOX remake, were working on “something special and meaningful” for their fans.