Tiffani Thiessen Shares A Candid And Emotional Post In Response To Luke Perry’s Passing

It still seems unbelievable that 90210 and Riverdale star Luke Perry is gone.

Partly, because he was so young: Perry was just 52 when he passed away after a massive stroke. But he was also a beloved icon of a certain time and a certain generation, and it’s always jarring when someone like that passes.

Fittingly, there has been an outpouring of tributes online from Perry’s current and former costars. The latest, posted to Instagram by 90210 actress Tiffani Thiessen, sheds yet more light on what a kind, genuine soul was lost last week.

Thiessen joined the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 in 1994 to play Valerie Malone, the new love interest to Perry’s character Dylan McKay. Already four years into the run of a show with close-knit cast that Thiessen described as “a family,” Thiessen speaks of Perry immediately welcoming her into the fold:

“But this man took me under his wing and made me feel at home. Made me feel like I belonged in his TV family. He was sincere, sweet, warm, kind, professional and funny as all heck. And most of all, the definition of a gentleman.”

Thiessen goes on to say, “Luke, our world has a hole in it now that you aren’t here. But heaven definitely gained you as an angel.”

Thiessen’s is just the latest in a series of tributes to the fallen star, which includes his Riverdale costars KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Kristy Swanson, and fellow 90210 alums Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestley.

On the internet, people were deeply moved by Thiessen’s tribute:

And fans have continued making plenty of tributes of their own:

Perry may be gone, but he isn’t soon to be forgotten.