Luke Perry’s Son Cancels Scheduled Appearance Following Actor’s Death

By Zachary Stieber

Luke Perry’s son canceled a scheduled appearance at a wrestling show a day after the actor suddenly died at age 52.

Jack Perry wrestles under the name “Jungle Boy” and was slated to wrestle at a show in Los Angeles on March 13.

The Bar Wrestling company announced on Tuesday that Jack Perry, 21, would not appear at the show following his father’s death.

“Unfortunately Jungle Boy will no longer be wrestling at our March 13th show. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time,” Bar Wrestling announced via Twitter.

Jack Perry has not commented publicly on the sudden death of Luke Perry, a famed actor.

Jack Pery began wrestling in high school. He said in an interview earlier this year that he didn’t want to use his father’s fame to further his career.

“My family is a part of who I am, but I’m trying to make my own way,” Perry, who grew up in California but said he was never a fan of “90210,” told Sports Illustrated. “I don’t want to use that to be successful, I want to have my own success.”

Before entering wrestling full-time, he studied for a year in college and also spent time in film school.

Perry also said that he initially didn’t prefer the “Jungle Boy” nickname bestowed upon him but grew to embrace it.

While Jack Perry has remained silent publicly on his father’s death, Perry’s daughter issued a statement thanking fans.

Sophie Perry, 18, posted a picture of her and her late father, adding in a caption: “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,” she added.

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Sophie said she appreciated the support shown by family, friends, and fans following the death of her father.

“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 added. “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.”

Luke Perry suffered a stroke and was rushed to the hospital on Feb. 27, a source told Us Weekly.

Perry was placed under heavy sedation in the hopes that treatment would save his life. “Luke’s loved ones were hoping they’d pull him out of it after 48 hours or so,” the source said. “But he never recovered. It was devastating.”

Actor Luke Perry reacts to son Jack’s climbing ability at an afterparty for the premiere of “Garfield-The Movie” at the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 6, 2004. (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Five days later, on March 4, family members, including his fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer, decided to remove him from life support.

Bauer, Sophie Perry, Jack Perry, and ex-wife Rachel Sharp were among those with Perry in the final hours, a representative said.

Along with Jack Perry, Bauer and Sharp have declined so far to issue a statement following Luke Perry’s death.