Soleil Moon Frye Remembers Luke Perry: 'You Had Such a Beautiful Kind Heart'
The Punky Brewster star, 42, posted a touching tribute to Perry on Instagram, along with a smiling picture of them together — presumably taken back when the two were romantically linked.
“You had such a beautiful kind heart to me always,” Moon Frye wrote. “Your gentle voice and charm that lit up the world around you.”
She then recalled a moment the two of them had a scare together while flying in a small plane. “I will always remember holding on to you in that tiny little plane and you comforting me as we were not sure if we would make it,” she said.
“You were always sweet to me and made me feel adored in your presence,” added Moon Frye, who has been married to husband Jason Goldberg since 1998. “Sending love to your family and to you always. Xxxx”
Perry was hospitalized on Feb. 27 after suffering a stroke and 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, at the age of 52.
“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,” continued the statement. “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.”
Following news of his death, numerous 90210 cast members expressed their condolences in statements and on social media.
“I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend,” Shannen Doherty, 47, exclusively told PEOPLE. “I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind. … Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love.”
Tori Spelling. 45. had similar sentiments in her exclusive statement to PEOPLE. “I’m in utter shock and heartbroken,” she wrote. “I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie. Luke was one of the kindest and most humble human beings I’ve 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.”
And Ian Ziering, 54 — who was the first 90210 star to pay tribute — 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.”
In lieu of flowers, the Perry family asks that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancerthis link opens in a new tab and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitalthis link opens in a new tab.