She might not be a Hollywood medium, but Jennie Garth knows a presence when she feels one. The What I Like About You actress took to Instagram on Tuesday, May 28, to share a sweet picture in tribute of her late friend, Luke Perry.
While filming the highly anticipated Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot in Vancouver, the 47-year-old actress shared a photo of a sign for “McKay Rd.” that reminded her of her former costar and friend. “Sometimes there are just signs,” she captioned the snapshot she took while sitting at a stoplight.
Luke famously starred as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995. After a three-year respite, Luke returned to the iconic television series from 1998 until 2000.
The beloved Riverdale actor tragically passed away on March 4 at the age of 52 following a “massive stroke” just days before. In a statement obtained by Closer Weekly at the time of Luke’s death, the actor’s rep said: “He was surrounded by his children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends.”
The statement continued, “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. No further details will be released at this time.”
Following the tragic news, Beverly Hills, 90210 costars rushed to social media to send their condolences to the Hollywood hunk. Ian Ziering and Shannon Doherty, among many others, shared kind words and messages for him and his mourning family.
Jennie’s Instagram followers were quite surprised when the blonde beauty shared a pic of her three daughters for International Women’s Day, rather than a tribute to her late friend. What’s not surprising is the fact that the What I Like About You actress stood up for herself against the Internet trolls that claimed she wasn’t “mourning” the loss of Luke.
“Hi everyone … I chose to post a pic of my girls today. Because they are my life. Because today is a day to celebrate all women. It took a lot for me to want to celebrate anything,” she wrote on social media after receiving unnecessary backlash. “I thought about it and I know that’s the way my dear friend would have wanted it. His kids were his life,” she explained. “And anyone who knew him knows that and knows he didn’t give a f–k about social media.”
We know Luke would be proud of Jennie.