In sad news on Monday, Hollywood actor Luke Perry – best remembered for his portrayal of bad boy Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210 and recently as Fred Andrews on Riverdale – had passed away as a result of the massive stroke he suffered last week. While not a pro wrestler by any means, the outpouring of tributes by wrestling personalities, from the WWE to indie workers, showed a lifelong wrestling fan who was beloved and respected by all he met on the circuits.
While Perry never got into pro wrestling himself – outside random appearances, such as appearing on SmackDown back in 2006 or on the Edge & Christian Show in 2016 – his son Jack Perry has recently emerged as one of the top indie prospects from the West Coast. Wrestling as Jungle Boy, he wowed West Coast promotions and earlier this year was signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Sadly, Luke will not get a chance to see his son perform for the company. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the entire Perry family during this hard time.
— The Young Bucks® (@MattJackson13) January 25, 2019
The wrestling world joined the rest of the entertainment community in expressing their love for the beloved actor and how much his love and respect for the wrestling community was felt by all he met on his travels.
WWE is saddened to learn that “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale” star Luke Perry has passed away at age 52. https://t.co/4RKTW6yFOM
— WWE (@WWE) March 4, 2019
We are saddened to learn that Luke Perry, father of AEW’s Jungle Boy has passed away at the age of 52, and our thoughts are with the Perry family. pic.twitter.com/FlSVG7WVG8
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) March 4, 2019
1st got to meet Luke when Dad brought him backstage at wcw. The highlight of my match in the cow palace was him coming back to tell us we did a good job. Blessed to have the chance to talk to him recently about his son. He was part of our wrestling family & will be sorely missed
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) March 4, 2019
It’s very sad to hear about the passing of Luke Perry at such an early age. Met him a few times, was always friendly & nice. My thoughts are with his family right now, especially his son, pro wrestler Jack "Jungle Boy" Perry.
— The VESSEL of Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. 90210 was one of my favorite TV shows and I always hoped to be as cool as Dylan McKay. I copied his answering machine and his sideburns. My wrestling name was almost Zack McKay…but I thought it was too obvious that I was combining Zack Morris & Dylan McKay. ? pic.twitter.com/sh1zSuOvU9
— Matt Cardona (@ZackRyder) March 4, 2019
Had the pleasure of meeting Luke Perry on a couple occasions. He was a normal guy… humble and kind.
He passed these traits on to his son Jack, whom everyone at GCW is thinking of today.
— brett lauderdale (@Lauderdale11) March 4, 2019
I met Luke Perry in 2009, at a show in San Francisco, CA.
He came into the locker room & told me how much he enjoyed my match. He said I was his favorite & asked to take a photo together. It was beyond ridiculous & totally surreal. He was SO nice & way too cool.#RIPLukePerry pic.twitter.com/vrR2aFy6BI
— Arik Cannon (@arikcannon) March 4, 2019
— LuFisto (@LuFisto) March 4, 2019
The United Wrestling Network and Championship Wrestling From Arizona send our condolences to Jungle Boy on the passing of his father Luke Perry. pic.twitter.com/JWlRZm6ZEt
— CWFAZ (@CWFAZTV) March 4, 2019
Just saw that Luke Perry passed today. Terrible sadden to hear that, have met him multiple times, and he has always been great and super supportive in his sons wrestling aspirations. So sorry for @boy_myth_legend cant imagine.
— Brian Cage (@MrGMSI_BCage) March 4, 2019
It's terrible to hear Luke Perry died. I mean it especially from the standpoint of him being a supportive father. Met him years ago at west coast shows, for many years he constantly helped his son follow his dreams of wrestling. May he rest in peace
— Luke Hawx (@LukeHawx504) March 4, 2019
I met Luke Perry backstage during an ECW/Smackdown show. He was so nice! We took a pic together but I can’t find it ?
Thank you wrestling for bringing me moments that I’ll never forget. RIP Luke Perry ?
— Shelly Martinez (@ShellyFromCali) March 4, 2019
Saddened by the loss of Luke Perry. I always enjoyed 90210 and his role in the Buffy film as a kid.
I had the pleasure of wrestling his immensely talented son @boy_myth_legend 2 weeks ago in LA.
Jack and the rest of the family are in my thoughts today..#RIPLukePerry
— Gregory Iron (@GregoryIron) March 4, 2019
So crazy to hear that Luke Perry has died so young! RIP …. reminds us to enjoy everyday and be grateful for what we have.
— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) March 4, 2019
Absolutely devastated to hear that Luke Perry has passed. I am an enormous fan of his and 90210 was a very important part of my childhood. And my early adult years. Godspeed sir. Thank you for leaving us your amazing body of work. Thoughts and strength to my man @boy_myth_legend
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) March 4, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Luke Perry in the mid-2000s at a WWE St Louis show. He was there to see Dusty.
He was so respectful and loved the wrestling business.
Sending thoughts and prayers to the family, including his son who is now wrestling.
— David Lagana (@Lagana) March 4, 2019
Wow. This is heartbreaking news. Prayers to his family and friends. ?? https://t.co/5PwyCBf4kc
— Madison Rayne (@MadisonRayne) March 4, 2019
Terrible news today. Not only was 90210 a staple of my youth but Luke Perry was a stellar human being and incredibly supportive father who I got to talk to on multiple occasions when he’d come watch his son wrestle. My heart breaks for @boy_myth_legend today. pic.twitter.com/5AOd112HxB
— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) March 4, 2019