They were the two most recognisable – and loved – male faces of TV drama in the 90s.
Now Jason Priestley has said his public goodbye to Luke Perry.
Luke died on Monday at the age of 52. He was best known for playing Dylan McKay, on the iconic 1990s teen drama Beverley Hills 90210. His best mate on the show was Jason Priestley’s character Brandon Walsh.
Priestley stayed silent in the days following his friend’s death, choosing to post his first public message on Thursday.
The photos that went with the message both show Luke putting one arm around Jason as they smile to the camera, but taken 25+ years apart.
“It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this,” Priestley wrote on Instagram.
“My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared … Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon … and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today.”
“If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well,” Priestley continued.
“The candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long … you burned oh, so brightly Luke … Goodnight Sweet Prince.”
In a second post, Priestley wrote that Perry was “one of a kind”.
Thank you all for all the love and support…,” he wrote on Instagram on Friday afternoon (Australian time).
“Luke was much more than just a friend to me… he was also my teammate, my teacher, my sounding board, my compass, my brother.
“Luke was truly one of a kind… he adored his family, was passionate about his work, and loved his wide collection of friends.
“Every life he touched, he made better… he was caring, gentle, charming, warm, funny, and smart… he loved to tell stories, and he loved to laugh… he was a true gentleman… and he will be missed by all of us who were blessed to know and love him…
Rest In Peace my brother.”
All the messages and tributes since Luke’s death have painted the picture of a loving father, friend and someone who cared about others.
His daughter Sophie Perry, and son Jack Perry both posted touching tributes to their father, taken from them far too young.