Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth Were in Touch with Luke Perry in the Days Leading Up to His Stroke
Beverly Hills, 90210 may have gone off the air nearly two decades ago, but the cast was as close as ever in the weeks leading up to Luke Perry‘s untimely death.
Just one week before his death, Perry texted with Tori Spelling and talked to Jennie Garth. He sent Garth a photo of his 18-year-old daughter Sophie, who had recently embarked on a volunteer trip to Malawi.
While neither Spelling nor Garth could ever have imagined that would be the last time they spoke to their friend, the conversation was a fitting example of who Perry was.
“He adored his kids beyond words,” says Spelling, 45, in this week’s cover story, on stands Friday. “Luke was one of the kindest and most humble human beings I’ve ever known.”
Another 90210 costar, Shannen Doherty, also recalls seeing the sweetly devoted side of the actor during a lunch date in February.
“He chose the restaurant based on who would allow his dog,” says Doherty, 47. “I walked in and there he was, smiling, with his dog Penny and her bed under the booth, happy as can be.”
Perry famously starred as Dylan McKay on the iconic television series. (He appeared from 1990-95 and again in 1998 until 2000.)
Garth, 46, also released an exclusive statement to PEOPLE: “My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.”
Perry died Monday at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke days earlier. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett and other friends and family members.
“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,” his rep told PEOPLE in a statement. “No further details will be released at this time.”
Perry suffered a stroke Feb. 27, and a source told PEOPLE he never regained consciousness.
“God, please give [Luke] a seat close to you,” close friend and 90210 costar Ian Ziering wrote in a tribute to his friend. “He deserves it.”
In lieu of flowers, the Perry family ask that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.