Brian Austin Green is still reeling over the sudden death of his “Beverly Hills, 90210” friend and castmate Luke Perry. The actor, who starred as David Silver on the hit series for 10 seasons alongside Perry opens up about his grieving process on his podcast.
“Luke was a special guy. I’m still mourning over it, so there’s a part of me that’s kind of shocked that I’m speaking about Luke this way,” he explains, addressing for the first time Perry’s death on March 4. “We all knew that at some point we’d have to deal with losing cast members and friends but not this soon. Not at 52. Not in such an abrupt way.”
Green, 45, echoed the sentiment of many of the “Riverdale” actor’s friends and colleagues who all spoke of Perry’s “good guy” status.
“Luke was one of those people nobody had a bad story about,” he says. “He was just a great guy. And he was Luke no matter where you saw him, no matter when you saw him, no matter what he was going through. He was a rock.”
Following his death, Green, struggling to deal with the shock, texted Perry.
“I texted him after he passed, knowing obviously that he can’t text me back but on some level, hoping that he would text me back, or that he was out there somewhere, and I know he is. I know he’s looking down and I know he’s smiling,” he says.
The candid podcast talk comes after a fan criticized Green for not immediately posting a tribute to his late friend on social media. The “Desperate Housewives” alum defended his grieving process last week.
“Thank you for your words. Thank you to everyone for sticking up for me but it’s not necessary,” he posted on Instagram. “Carrie, the passing of Luke is terrible. As was said by many, everyone grieves in different ways. If it’s too soon for you to attend what is meant to be a fun night for the fans then you don’t have to. Everyone should respect everyone’s process.”