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Luke Perry’s Daughter Shares Emotional Message Following Her Dad’s Death

"I'm not really sure what to say or do."

Sophie Perry/Instagram

On March 4, the world was stunned by the sudden and tragic death of actor Luke Perry, who passed away at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke. Now, for the first time, Perry’s daughter, Sophie, is speaking publicly about the loss of her dad.

“A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast,” the 18-year-old wrote in an Instagram post on March 5. Sophie, who Perry had with ex-wife Minnie Sharp, flew home from a volunteer trip in Malawi to be with her dad during his last moments.

She went on to thank everyone who has reached out to her and her family, saying, “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.”

Sophie then opened up about how difficult it is to cope with the sudden death of a loved one. “I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation,” she wrote. “It’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye.”

And Perry’s family meant as much to the Riverdale star as he meant to them, according to an interview with US Weekly in 2017. He said, “My personal family is really all I care about… It’s hard to tell people how to raise their kids and I’m certainly no authority on raising children, but love them as much as you can and talk to them as much as you can, make time for them.”