Jason Priestley Admits Death Of 90210 Costar Luke Perry Is Still 'Pretty Raw'
Jason Priestley has opened up about the death of friend and former co-star Luke Perry ahead of the one year anniversary of the actor's shock death.
Speaking at iHeartRadio’s ALTer EGO event on Saturday, Priestley got candid about his feelings on the star's death, saying it was still "pretty raw".
“I was at another memorial service today, and it made me think a lot about Luke, and a lot about losing Luke, and it was a very stark reminder of the tragedy that befell us all,” Priestley said.
"It is something that is always very close to me, and I think that every day that goes by, the more time that passes, the easier it gets to manage -- but it is still something that is pretty raw.”
Perry suffered a stroke on February 27, 2019, but never regained consciousness and later died in hospital on March 4 at the age of 52.
“I was talking about it today with my wife, and when we lost Luke it didn’t feel like we had a sense of completion with his life, or with his career or with anything,” Priestley said of his former friend.
“I think that is what made it so hard, it felt like he was only halfway there. Which he really was. He was 52 years old, so remarkably young, and that is what made it so tragic,” Priestley added.
Back in October, Perry’s 19-year-old daughter, Sophie, posted a tribute to her father on what would have been his 53rd birthday.
“Happy birthday, fashion icon 💁🏼♀️,” she wrote on Instagram. “I can hear you doing your best Tim Gunn impersonation now 💛 love you the most.”
Perry was best known for playing Dylan McKay on 'Beverly Hills, 90210', where he co-starred with Priestley as well as Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Brian Austin Green.