Luke Perry’s Daughter Says She Misses Her Father ‘A Little Extra Today’ in New Tribute

By Zachary Stieber

The daughter of Luke Perry said that she missed her father “a little extra” on March 23, several weeks after the actor’s death.

Perry died at age 52 on March 4.

Sophie Perry, 18, shared a picture of her, her dog, and her father driving in a vehicle. Both of them are smiling as Sophie snapped the picture.

“Miss him a little extra today,” the teen wrote in a caption accompanying the Instagram post.

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Sophie has been in mourning since her father’s sudden death, which took place several days after he suffered a stroke. Prior to his death, the famed actor had several health scares, including the removal of precancerous growths.

The scares led the actor to significantly cut down on red meat and focus on eating healthier.

Sophie took to Instagram earlier in March to slam people who were criticizing her for appearing happy following the death.

“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 anyone 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,” she wrote.

“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 [expletive] 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.”

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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 wouldnt 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 our time.

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Perry said her father would have wanted her to continue living her life.

She said it was “disgusting” how some users were trying to shame her for her language, her wardrobe, and her grieving process.

Sophie was in Malawi when her father suffered a stroke, rushing back to the United States to be at his bedside. He passed away with a number of family and friends nearby, including Sophie, her brother Jack Perry, and Luke Perry’s fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer.

She posted on Instagram shortly after the death, sharing a picture of her and her father.

“A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast. 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. 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,” she said.

“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. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.”