In the wake of Luke Perry's tragic death on Monday, countless celebrities have paid tribute to the last star.
Each has been legitimate and heartfelt, of course, but most have also simply rundown the same sentiments of sadness and shock.
This is why Colin Hanks and the story he has shared on Instagram truly stands out.
The actor has found a way to not only honor what sort of man Perry was...
... but also to make followers laugh out loud and to realize that Perry was just as cool in real life as he was while portraying Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210.
"I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given todays sad events," Hanks wrote late yesterday, teasing the incredible tale he was about to share.
He then dove right into it as follows:
"My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of each other. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming.
"If you're a parent you understand. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours."
Yup. We've certainly been there.
Go on, Colin...
Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of no where, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon.
He ties it off, hands it off like he's holding out a sword to a king. Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds.
Plane damn near bursts into applause. 15 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen.
As we post Hanks' story about Perry, we're also gonna post a few more stories about Perry that have gone viral in the day since his passing.
Back to Hanks now, though:
We get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife "Holy shit. I think that balloon man/hero" is Luke Perry".
As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other.
And now another amazing story about Perry:
Again, back to Hanks:
Out of the blue he turns to me and says some kind words about Fargo, which kinda blew my mind. I start singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the balloon. "
That's a pro move! You can't teach that!" I say.
He tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that very reason, to give to screaming kids. Don't know if that's true, but have no reason to believe it wasn't.
And now another incredible story about Perry:
This is how Hanks concluded his message:
Guy seemed like a true gent. Gone way too damn soon. Also, I'll be damned if I don't start traveling with some spare balloons.
Wow, right? Just.... wow.
It's sad any time we lose an icon, someone whose career made us smile or cry or simply sit up in appreciation.
But it really does sound like we lost an original in Luke Perry. Just an all-around great and decent and awesome guy.
Here's a look at what others stars have said about him: