Shannen Doherty says she’s ‘in shock,’ ‘heartbroken’ and ‘devastated’ following death of Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Luke Perry
02:02 EST, 5 March 2019
02:31 EST, 5 March 2019
Shannen Doherty expressed her grief following the death of her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Luke Perry Monday.
‘I am in shock,’ the 46-year-old actress told People Monday. ‘Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind … I will miss him everyday. Every minute. Every second.’
Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh opposite Perry’s Dylan McKay on the 90s Fox hit, praised her longtime co-star as ‘a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love’ in remembering him to the publication.
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The latest: Shannen Doherty, 46, expressed her grief following the death of her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Luke Perry at 52 on Monday. She was snapped at an event in Culver City, California on Sunday
Perry’s death came days after he suffered a massive stroke last Wednesday, his publicist Arnold Robinson said, noting the actor’s family and friends were by his side in his final moments.
She noted how Perry was a positive presence for her amid her years-long cancer battle after years of silence.
‘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,’ said Doherty, who underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation en route to being declared cancer-free in April of 2017.
She opened up about their time on the teen drama, which Perry was on from 1990-95, later returning for the show’s final seasons in 1998-2000.
Out and about: The actress was snapped Sunday at The Compassion Project’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala
Sunny days: The duo played on-again, off-again boyfriend and girlfriend Brenda Walsh and Dylan McKay on the series
‘There is a special kind of love one has for each other when you are experiencing the journey we did on 90210 and of course life in general,’ she said.
While neither was linked to the upcoming reboot of the series, she said that she and Perry, who was on The CW’s Riverdale in recent years, had been ‘working on show ideas’ to reunite in front of the camera.
‘We wanted to work with each other again,’ she said, ‘and create something special and meaningful for our fans at this stage in our lives.’
Formal: The relationship between Brenda and Dylan was a key storyline throughout the series
What could have been: The TV stars recently chatted about working together again, according to Doherty
She opened up about a recent meeting they had, saying ‘a couple of weeks ago in February, Luke and I met up for lunch.
”He chose the restaurant based on who would allow his dog. I walked in and there he was, smiling, with his dog Penny and her bed under the booth, happy as can be. I will never forget – and will miss – Luke looking at me with that smile of his saying … Shan.’
She noted how he ‘loved his family’ and ‘how proud he was’ of his kids, son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18.
Beyond 90210, Perry left behind more than 35 years of credits in movies and TV, where he also had memorable runs on shows such as Oz, John from Cincinnati and Body of Proof. His film career included roles in movies such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element.