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"They were his heart." Inside the lives of the two children Luke Perry left behind.

Earlier this week it was announced that American actor Luke Perry had passed away after suffering a massive stroke last week.

Within hours of his death, friends and colleagues took to social media to pay tribute to the actor who is renowned for his kindness.

But while he’ll always be remembered for his good nature and his roles on shows including Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, Luke Perry always believed his “biggest accomplishment” in life was his two children.

At the time of his death, at the age of 52, Perry’s children were just 21 and 18 years old.

Jack, 21, and Sophie, 18, were by their father’s bedside when he passed away alongside their mother Rachel Minnie Sharp (who separated from Perry a decade ago) and Perry’s fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer

Now, Sophie Perry has explained how she was forced to rush home from a six-month charity trip in Malawi to say goodbye to her father.

“A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast,” the 18-year-old wrote on Instagram.

“I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family, and in the past 24 hours I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support,” she continued.

“I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I.

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“I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye.”

Although Sophie predominately stays out of the spotlight, it’s believed she graduated from high school last year.

Perry’s son, 21-year-old Jack, hasn’t released a public statement about his father’s death.

Jack is a professional wrestler who performs under the name Jungle Boy.

He is currently represented by professional wrestling promoters All Elite Wrestling.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Jack opened up about not letting his father’s fame overshadow his wrestling career.

“My family is a part of who I am, but I’m trying to make my own way. I don’t want to use [my father’s fame] to be successful, I want to have my own success,” he said.

Back in 2017, Perry was seen attending his son’s match in Los Angeles, where he proudly filmed the entire match.

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Perry's son Jack competing. Image: Instagram.
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It's believed Perry has left "everything" to his two children in his will.

Speaking to People, fellow Beverly Hills, 90210 star Shannen Doherty said that Perry's children were his greatest accomplishment.

"Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love," she told the publication.

"Luke loved his family. He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them. He showed me videos of the often," she added.

"They were his heart and for him, his biggest accomplishment."

Perry married Rachel 'Minnie' Sharp, the mother of his two children, during the height of his fame in 1993.

The couple married two years after meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The reception was attended by a number of Perry's 90210 co-stars including Jason Priestley, James Eckhouse and Brian Austin Green.

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Although it's unclear how the pair met, rumours suggest that Sharp had mailed Perry a piece of her lingerie.

The couple were married until 2003 and following their divorce, they remained close to raise their children.

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Luke and his wife of 10 years Minnie. They share two children.

At the time of his death, Perry was engaged to Wendy Madison Bauer.

Until his death, their relationship was kept private and it was not known that the pair were engaged.

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