Luke Perry’s daughter — Sophie Perry, 18 — immediately rushed home from her trip to Africa to be with her father when she learned of his massive stroke.
An insider told People that Sophie was in Africa (presumably Malawi, as evidenced by her recent Instagram photo) when she learned that her father had been hospitalized. She was able to make it back home and to his bedside in Los Angeles before Perry passed away on Monday.
“It’s been a month and Malawi has gifted me with so so much joy, beauty, and malaria,” Sophie captioned her Malawi photo on Feb. 27. “Wouldn’t trade it.”
Sophie had been in Africa at least since Jan. 29, when she shared a photo heralding her arrival:
“Hello y’all I finally made it to Malawi,” she wrote in the post. “Dramatic post about missing my friends is soon to come!”
Luke Perry and ex-wife Minnie Sharp were married for a decade and share two children — Jack, 21, and Sophie.
Sophie’s photos — including a very sweet shot from October featuring the father-daughter duo wearing matching footwear — seem to reveal a close bond with her dad.
The 90210 alum and Riverdale star was under observation in a Los Angeles-area hospital for five days before he died on Monday. His publicist revealed in a statement that he passed away surrounded by friends and family, including his kids Sophie and Jack, his ex-wife Sharp, and his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer.
Fans flocked to Sophie’s Instagram account to leave well-wishes for her and her family. This photo of her June prom tugged at the heartstrings of many followers:
Instagram followers and fans posted messages of support for Sophie and her family, including these:
“This is a precious photo. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. He was such a wonderful actor and very talented. He will greatly be missed and thought about. Know that the world is hurting with you.”
“My sincere condolences to you and your family. Your Dad added so much joy to my teenage years. May he rest in eternal peace. My prayers are with you all.”
Our hearts are all breaking for Sophie and her brother, Jack. And we admit it — our hearts are breaking for us, too. Rest in power and Peach Pit sundaes, Luke Perry.
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