Luke Perry’s fiance Wendy Madison Bauer has spoken out for the first time since his sudden passing at the age of only 52.
For the first time since Perry’s sudden passing from a stroke, Bauer addressed the media, praising Perry for his acting abilities and personal qualities. She thanked his fans for the support and wishes. Bauer, along with Perry’s ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder and son and daughter were with him at the time of his passing.
She told E!, “I want to express my gratitude to everyone for the outpouring of love and support. The countless, heart-warming stories of Luke’s generosity and kindness have been a great source of solace during this difficult time. The past 11 1/2 years with Luke were the happiest years of my life, and I am grateful to have had that time with him. I also want to thank his children, family, and friends for their love and support.”
Bauer, who is a marriage and family therapist who focuses on grief counseling, added, “We have found comfort in one another and in the knowledge that our lives were touched by an extraordinary man. He will be dearly missed.”
Perry’s children have also paid tribute to their father. His daughter Sophie wrote, “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.”
His son Jack later wrote, “He was a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, he was always Dad. He loved and supported me in everything, and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be. I’ve learned so much from you, and my heart is broken thinking about everything you won’t be here for”. Jack also withdrew from a wrestling match he was scheduled to appear in on March 13.
Perry is best known for his roles in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale.