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Tori Spelling Honors Late ‘90210’ Co-Star Luke Perry on What Would Have Been His 57th Birthday

Tori Spelling Honors Late ‘90210’ Co-Star Luke Perry on What Would Have Been His 57th Birthday

A little over four years after Luke Perry died suddenly from a stroke, Tori Spelling took to Instagram to honor her late 90210 co-star on what would have been his 57th birthday. 

According to People, Spelling shared in her Instagram Stories a throwback snapshot of her and Perry dancing together. She described Perry as someone who “made you feel like you were the only one” in a crowded room. “Could be a million people in the room but he always made you like you were the only one,” she wrote in her Instagram Stories on Wednesday (October 11th). The actress then stated that good kind humans are a rare breed and while she doesn’t know that many, he was one of them. “Happy Birthday,” she added. “Missing you always.” 

Spelling and Perry starred opposite of one another in the hit series 90210 from 1990 to 2000. Prior to his death, Perry had been starring in the hit teen drama Riverdale. 

In February 2019, Perry reportedly suffered from a massive ischemic stroke in his Los Angeles home. Following a reported second stroke, the late actor’s family made the tough decision to remove him from life support. He died on March 4, 2019, in Burbank and was buried on the Perry Family Farm in Tennessee. He had owned that farm since 1995. At the time of his death, Perry was engaged to therapist Wendy Madison Bauer. He was survived by his two children, Jack and Sophie Perry, whom he had with his ex-wife Minnie Sharp, as well as his mother, stepfather, brother, and sister. All of which were reportedly by his side at the time of his passing. 

Tori Spelling Opened Up About Her Friendship With Luke Perry Following His Shocking Death 

Just after the news broke about Luke Perry’s shocking death, Tori Spelling opened up to People about her close friendship with her 90210 co-star and what it truly meant to her. 

“I’m in utter shock and heartbroken,” she told the media outlet. “I’m saddened for his kids, whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie.”

Tori Spelling also said that Perry was one of the kindest and most humble human beings she’s 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.”

Spelling previously spoke about how Perry Had even defended her during a confrontation with an abusive ex-boyfriend. “At my parents’ Christmas Eve party one year, he was there and he just, like, saw this ex-boyfriend, and they got into it and he tried to punch him,” she explained during a 2021 interview on the Whine Down with Jana Kramer podcast. “Jason Priestly had to pull him off — it was one of those epic stories, you’re like, ‘Woah, looking back that’s crazy.’”

She went on to admit she was mad at Perry instead of realizing that he was sticking up and supporting her. “He was like, ‘I don’t care. I’m gonna go to bat for her.’ He was a great friend.”