Luke Perry's daughter shares sweet tribute to her father to mark his 53rd birthday

Publish Date
Monday, 14 October 2019, 2:46PM
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Luke Perry's daughter has paid tribute to her father on what would have been his 53rd birthday over the weekend.

The Riverdale star tragically passed away in March, just days after suffering a stroke.

On Friday, his 19-year-old daughter, Sophie, took to Instagram to wish him a happy birthday, while joking that he was a "fashion icon".

Alongside a picture of her cuddling her late dad - who can be seen wearing a suit blazer with plaid shorts - she wrote: "Happy birthday, fashion icon I can hear you doing your best Tim Gunn impersonation now love you the most."

Sophie's older brother Jack - who is a professional wrestler, who goes by the ring name "Jungle Boy" Nate Coy - also paid tribute to his father.

Posting a black and white collage of the Beverly Hills, 90210 actor's face, he wrote: "Happy birthday, old man. I'll see you somewhere."

Last week it was revealed Riverdale's fourth season would be killing off Luke's character Fred Andrews through a storyline in which he had saved a woman - played by his real-life friend Shannen Doherty - by pushing her out of the way from a speeding car, which hit him instead.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed the team's thoughts when it came to honouring Luke, saying: "Very early on, we landed on the idea that Fred should have a heroic death, and that that would be impactful for Archie. And it felt like that's a way that Fred could have gone.

"After that, we really said that this episode really isn't going to launch any huge stories for the season; it was really going to be kind of focused on that, and the kind of emotional effects of that passing for everyone.

"As we were working on the episode, [we] talked about putting in some other storylines, but as we were working on it, we just kind of kept focusing it on our characters, and focusing it truly on Archie."

Sophie previously praised the Riverdale cast for their support following her father's death.

She said: "Everybody, cast and crew, has been so supportive and amazing. I love those guys. I'm closer to some than others, but if I needed anything, I could go to any of them."

Luke’s passing was confirmed by his representative in March.

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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."