Luke Perry’s daughter cut short a charity trip to Africa and rushed home to be by her ailing father’s side in his final hours.
The star’s 18-year-old daughter, Sophie, abruptly ended her six-month trip doing charity work in Malawi and came home as soon as she learned her father had a stroke last Wednesday.
The distraught teen arrived just in time to join her brother, mother, wider family and friends by Perry’s bedside before the Beverly Hills 90210 star passed away on Monday morning.
Just hours before her 52-year-old father suffered the stroke that led to his death, Sophie posted a picture of a dirt road in Malawi where she had been doing charity work.
Breaking her silence on Tuesday, Sophie shared a photo of herself and her father, writing: ‘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.’
Luke Perry’s daughter Sophie, 18, abruptly ended her six-month trip and came home as soon as she learned her actor father had a stroke last Wednesday. Pictured: Sophie with her father before heading to her prom last year
The distraught teen arrived just in time to join her brother, mother, wider family and friends by Perry’s bedside before the Beverly Hills 90210 star passed away on Monday morning
Her full post reads: ‘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.’
A day before Perry’s hospitalization, his 21-year-old son Jack posted a photo to his Instagram promoting his upcoming wrestling match, which was set for last Friday.
Perry had been seen in recent years cheering on his son and taking photos of him at matches.
A close friend of Perry told DailyMailTV: ‘Luke was really proud of both his son and his daughter. [Sophie] was actually in Africa helping children and had to rush home quite suddenly.’
In September Sophie, who lived in Dowagiac, Michigan, posted a video describing her charity work for non-profit One World Center, and asked for fundraising help for her trip.
‘I’m in a group of eight people, seven of us are going to Africa and one of us is going to Brazil,’ she said.
‘We’re going to be there for six months, and we’re going to be working on community development projects. These can range from teaching teachers, building schools, helping with agriculture, providing water purification, all types of good stuff.’
Just hours before her 52-year-old father suffered the stroke that led to his death, Sophie posted a picture of a dirt road in Malawi where she had been doing charity work (pictured)
‘It’s been a month and Malawi has gifted me with so so much joy, beauty, and malaria. Wouldn’t trade it,’ she wrote in her Instagram post on Wednesday
A day before Perry’s hospitalization, his 21-year-old son Jack (pictured) posted a photo to his Instagram promoting his upcoming wrestling match which was set for last Friday
Perry had been seen supporting his son at matches in recent years, cheering him on and taking photos
Perry’s publicist, Arnold Robinson, said in a statement that the actor was ‘surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée 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,’ when he died on Monday morning after suffering a massive stroke.
‘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,’ Robinson wrote.
DailyMail.com unearthed a video interview of Perry speaking of his excitement at a possible 90210 reboot in April 2017.
He expressed that he was excited about the show possibly returning with his former cast members and he good-naturedly rejected the idea that he would return to his sex symbol status.
A close friend of Perry told DailyMail.com: ‘Luke was really proud of both his son and his daughter. She was actually in Africa helping children and had to rush home quite suddenly.’ Pictured: Sophie making a fundraising video for her charity trip
In an unearthed a video, Perry speaks of his excitement of a possible 90210 reunion in April 2017. The Riverdale actor had just signed on to come back to the show just before his stroke, a source told DailyMail.com
The news of his hospitalization last Wednesday came shortly after Fox announced that 90210 was returning for a reboot starring the series’ original cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling.
Perry was also set to return to the show that made him a star with his character Dylan McKay in a surprise appearance that was already being plotted, having agreed to come back just before his stroke, a source told DailyMail.com.
Speaking on the red carpet at an awards show in Los Angeles in 2017, Perry was accompanied by fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, who was at his side when he died, along with his children, siblings and mother.
Perry said: ‘I am excited and enough time has gone by, and it was something Aaron Spelling wanted to do while he was alive.
‘To get back together with all these guys I would love it.’