Luke Perry's 'heartbroken' son opens up about his dad after 90210 star's sudden death

Publish Date
Thursday, 7 March 2019, 1:00PM
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Luke Perry’s son Jack says his "heart is broken" following his father’s death.

The Riverdale star sadly died this week aged 52 just days after suffering a stroke. Now his 21-year-old son Jack - who is a professional wrestler under the ring name Jungle Boy - broke his silence on the devastating news with a touching Instagram tribute.

Posting two pictures - one of himself as a child with his dad, and one of him in at a wrestling match whilst his father watches in the background - he wrote: "He was a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, he was always Dad.


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"He loved supported me in everything and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be.

"I’ve learned so much from you, and my heart is broken thinking about everything you won’t be here for.

"I’ll miss you every day that I walk this earth.

"I’ll do whatever I can to carry on your legacy and make you proud.

"I love you Dad. (sic)"

Jack’s tribute comes after it was announced that he will no longer be performing at Bar Wrestling next week, in order to give himself time to grieve.

In a statement, the company announced on Twitter: "Unfortunately Jungle Boy will no longer be wrestling at our March 13th show.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.”

Meanwhile, Luke’s daughter Sophie, 18, also broke her silence on the news this week, when she thanked fans of the Beverly Hills, 90210 actor - who had both his children with ex-wife Rachel Sharp - for "all the love" they have sent Luke’s family.

Posting a picture of herself with her dad on Instagram, Sophie wrote: "A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast. I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family, And in the past 24 hours I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support. 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. 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 bare with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly."

The Riverdale star was also father to 21-year-old son Jack - who is a professional wrestler, who goes by the ring name "Jungle Boy" Nate Coy - who is yet to publicly comment on the sad news.

Luke’s passing was confirmed by his representative on Tuesday.


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In a statement, they said: "Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke. 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."

Tributes also flooded in from those who worked with him on screen following the news of his death.

Actress Shannen Doherty took to Instagram to say how "devastated" she is after losing her 90210 co-star.

I’m struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives. Processing this is impossible right now," she wrote.

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart described how she was also "devastated" by Luke's death.

Molly Ringwald - who played Luke's ex-wife on Riverdale simply wrote: "Goodbye, my friend. I enjoyed dancing with you for a time ..."

RIP, Luke Perry.

- Bang! Showbiz, additional reporting by The Hits