Tributes To Luke Perry Reveal He Was A 'True Gent'
Since it was confirmed yesterday that the Beverley Hills and 90210 star, Luke Perry, had died aged 52, social media has been awash with tributes to the man away from all the cameras.
Reports suggest that the American actor died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California on Monday morning, after being taken to hospital last Wednesday morning following a huge stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
Actor, director and son of Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks, recounted his only ever encounter with the man in a lengthy tribute on Instagram.
He said: "I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given today's sad events. My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of each other. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming.
"Out of nowhere, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon. He ties it off, hands it off like he's holding out a sword to a king. Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. Plane damn near bursts into applause.
"We get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife 'holy s**t. I think that balloon man/hero' is Luke Perry'. As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other.
"I start singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the balloon. 'That's a pro move! You can't teach that!' I say. He tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that very reason, to give to screaming kids. Don't know if that's true, but have no reason to believe it wasn't. Guy seemed like a true gent."
Writer Eva Anderson said on Twitter that the Riverdale actor had been a perfect neighbour to her grandfather.
She said: "Luke Perry was a truly lovely next-door neighbor to my grandfather and aunt. Like, he came over to replace light bulbs all the time. Sending so much love to his family. This is the worst."
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Luke Perry used to come into the restaurant I worked in over a decade ago and he was always so kind to me and friendly in an industry where most people would just dismiss me. Always remembered that. RIP. And be kind and compassionate to those around you y'all.
- Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) March 5, 2019
Hey @OfficialKimora remember when we were on that flight w/ #LukePerry & we fangirled so hard & asked him EVERY 90210 question? He was the perfect gentleman & heartthrob. He was kind when he probably just wanted to sleep. And he switched seats so we could sit together. :broken_heart: #RIP
- Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 5, 2019
Y'all might know Luke Perry had some land here in Tennessee. Maybe you don't know that during the flood of 2010, he was out there bringing people food, bottles of water, and shoes. Just a humble, decent dude. pic.twitter.com/BEefrMYfM2
- Josh Raby (@JoshRaby) March 5, 2019
Replying to Eva's tweet, people backed up her tribute to the late actor.
One person said: "This is how I'll remember him, too. At your grandpa's birthday being the really nice neighbor who helped with the trash cans."
Another added: "I said this last week, but he was the nicest customer we had at our Blockbuster, and it isn't even a close competition. There was never one visit where he was anything but considerate."
RIP Luke Perry.
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