Shannen Doherty Honors Luke Perry: His Kids Were His Heart

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Late last week, legendary actor Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke and was hospitalized. He never recovered.

On Monday, Perry died. He is being mourned by friends, fans, and castmates -- both past and present.

Shannen Doherty is honoring his memory -- and says that Luke's greatest accomplishment was his children.

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After Luke Perry's massive stroke, Shannen was one of so many who expressed her affection and support while he was hospitalized.

"My friend," Shannen wrote on Instagram.

"Holding you tight," she wrote. "And giving you my strength."

She emphasized her support: "You got this."

Unfortunately, the beloved actor who entertained generations of viewers passed away at 52.

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Shannen co-starred with Luke Perry for years on 90210 during the '90s.

"Yesterday morning," Shannen writes. "I got a phone call that devastated me."

She is referring to the notification that Luke had passed.

"I’m struggling with this loss," she admits.

"And," Shannen continues. "Am having a hard time with my thoughts."

That is extremely understandable.

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"But," she writes. "My heart goes out to his family and friends"

Shannen describes these lucky individuals as people "who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives."

"Processing this is impossible right now," she admits.

That is extremely normal for grief.

Shannen and Luke fell out of touch after they were no longer co-stars, but then he reached out to her a few years ago.

Their friendship endured throughout her cancer battle and continued after she went into remission last year.

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"Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man," Shannen says to People.

She continues: "with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love."

"Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey," she notes.

"And we picked right back up" on their friendship, she says. "Albeit older and wiser."

"But that connection remained intact," she affirms.

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"There is a special kind of love one has for each other," Shannen reflects.

She says that this is true "when you are experiencing the journey we did on 90210 and of course life in general."

"Luke and I were working on show ideas for us," she reveals.

"We wanted to work with each other again," Shannen says. "And create something special and meaningful for our fans at this stage in our lives.”

She mourns: “I will miss him every day. Every minute. Every second."

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"Luke loved his family," Shannen affirms.

She continues: "He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them."

"He showed me videos of the often,” she notes.

“They were his heart and for him," she concludes. "His biggest accomplishment."

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"A couple of weeks ago in February," Shannen says. "Luke and I met up for lunch. He chose the restaurant based on who would allow his dog."

"I walked in and there he was, smiling, with his dog Penny and her bed under the booth, happy as can be,” she recalls.

Shannen expresses: “I will never forget -- and will miss -- Luke looking at me with that smile of his saying … Shan."

That is so sweet and so heartbreaking.

Our hearts go out to his family and his loved ones in the wake of this tragedy.

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