Sophie Perry, the daughter of late Riverdale and Beverly Hills 90210 actor Luke Perry has expressed her anger at people who have criticised her grieving process.
She explained on Instagram what she went through:
Since my dad died I have received a lot of attention online. And most of it has been positive but of course, some people just can’t be nice.
And I’m here to say that I did not ask for this attention, I did not ask to be thrown into some virtual spotlight, and while I don’t mean to offend anybody, I’m also not going to cater to any one else’s needs and beliefs.
I’m 18. I swear like a sailor and sometimes I dress like a hooker. And I support causes and you may not. And most importantly. I am going to laugh and smile and live my normal life.
YES I am hurt and sad and crying and beside myself with what happened to my dad. It’s the worst thing to ever happen in my life.
And I am torn the fuck up over it. But I’m not going to sit in my room and cry day in and day out until the internet has deemed it appropriate for me to do otherwise. And if you knew my dad you would know he wouldn’t want me to.
So you shouldn’t either. So to those of you shaming me for my language and my wardrobe and most disgustingly, my grieving process, do us both the favor and just unfollow. It’s a waste of both of your time.
The US actor died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.
Sophie Perry was in Malawi shortly before her father’s death and made it back just in time to be with her family.
Perry rose to fame for playing Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210 and gained a new generation of fans through his role as Fred Andrews on Netflix’s Riverdale.
A copy of the death certificate obtained by TMZ states that Perry’s fiancée, Wendy Bauer, is listed as his next of kin and adds that his body was transported to Dickson, Tennessee, where the Beverly Hills 90210 star owned a farm and was a part-time resident. The document also states Perry’s cause of death as an “ischemic cerebrovascular accident,” also known as a stroke.
The 52-year-old actor was hospitalized on Feb. 27 following a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank five days later on March 4.