"He loved supported me in everything, and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be," Jack Perry said about his father, Luke Perry

By Natalie Stone
March 06, 2019 04:35 PM
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Days after his famous father died, Luke Perry‘s son Jack Perry is paying tribute to the actor.

“He was a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, he was always Dad,” Jack, a wrestler, began his touching Instagram post — which included a throwback photo of the father and son — on Wednesday.

Jack Perry/Instagram

“He loved supported me in everything, and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be,” Jack, 21, said about the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, who died Monday at age 52 after suffering a massive stroke days earlier.

Jack continued about his dad, “I’ve learned so much from you, and my heart is broken thinking about everything you won’t be here for.”

Although his father won’t be present to witness future milestone moments in Jack’s life, he vowed to carry on Luke’s legacy.

“I’ll miss you every day that I walk this earth,” wrote Jack. “I’ll do whatever I can to carry on your legacy and make you proud. I love you Dad.”

On Feb. 27, Luke was hospitalized after suffering a stroke and after paramedics were dispatched to his home in Sherman Oaks, California. A source told PEOPLE he never regained consciousness.

The actor remained “under observation” for five days but died on Monday, March 4.

“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” read a statement from Perry’s rep. “He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”

Luke is survived by both his son, Jack, and daughter, Sophie Perry, whom he shared with ex-wife Rachel “Minnie” Sharp.

One day after his death, Sophie, 18, shared a photo of her and the late Riverdale star to social media in his honor.

“I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I,” she continued. “I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So [bear] with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.”

In lieu of flowers, the Perry family ask that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.