Inside Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty's incredible on-screen and off-screen relationship

On Monday, fans were devastated over the news that beloved actor Luke Perry died after suffering a stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, on Feb. 27. Perry was 52 years old.

Perry is, of course, best known for his role on the iconic '90s series, Beverly Hills, 90210, before being introduced to another generation in later years through his role on another highly rated teen series, Riverdale. But for those who went through adolescence in the '90s, Perry's portrayal of bad boy Dylan McKay is unforgettable, as well as his relationship with his first love interest on the show, Brenda Walsh, played by Shannen Doherty.

Perry and Doherty's characters dated in season one and quickly became a favorite couple on the series, thanks to their natural chemistry. Dylan and Brenda's opposites attract-type relationship was adorable from the start, the two flirting with one another -- who can forget when Brenda dyed her hair blonde because she thought that's what Dylan preferred, though it went horribly wrong -- before eventually becoming a couple. 

Their relationship later became intense, with Brenda helping Dylan through alcohol abuse issues, and the two breaking up after she experiences a pregnancy scare. Their union also took on a romantic Romeo & Juliet vibe, when Brenda's parents disapproved of Dylan. 

Through a lot of dramatic makeups and breakups -- and a famous love triangle between Dylan, Brenda and Brenda's close friend, Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) -- Dylan and Brenda didn't actually end up together, and Doherty left the show prematurely in 1994. Dylan actually ended up with Kelly when the series went off the air in 2000 after 10 seasons.

Doherty being written off Beverly Hills, 90210 was a huge scandal at the time, and followed reports of the actress not getting along with the cast and even getting into a reported fistfight with Garth. Still, Doherty has said she does not regret her departure from the show. 

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American actor Luke Perry, circa 1992. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Luke Perry (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Luke Perry (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Luke Perry at the 7th Annual Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Luke Perry (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 1990s: American actor Luke Perry, who appears in the television series 'Beverly Hills, 90210', during a press conference at the Sydney Hyatt Hotel in the 1990s in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images)
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Luke Perry at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Luke Perry at the Hollywood Women's Press Club's 51st Annual Golden Apple Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Jennie Garth at the 7th Annual Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry at the 3rd Annual Reid Rondell Association Celebrity Enduro Race, Saugus Speedway, Saugus. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Billy Wirth at the First Annual MTV Rock N' Jock B-Ball Celebrity Charity Baseball Game, Gersten Pavilion at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry at the 1992 Carousel of Hope Ball, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Minnie Sharp at the Preview for 'Sunset Blvd', Shubert Theatre, Century City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Elle MacPherson at the 2nd Annual Kids for Kids Family Carnival Benefit Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Industria Superstudio, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Faye Dunaway and Luke Perry during Elizabeth Glasser Pediatric Aids Foundation in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: Luke Perry is on hand at Planet Hollywood party celebrating his return to the TV show 'Beverly Hills 90210.' Perry, who donated the guitar that hung on wall of his room in earlier episodes of the series to the restaurant's memorabilia collection, says he can't play the instrument. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Luke Perry at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Luke Perry at the Star-Studded Kick-Off Party for The Rock 'N' Road Rally Hosted by Astrella Leitch & Jack Healey, Pier 59 at Chelsea Pier, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry during Open Range Hollywood Premiere at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)
Luke Perry and Tiffani Thiessen at the 2004 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 04: California Cart Trophy 2005 'Art of Cart' event in Long Beach, United States on November 04, 2005 - Luke Perry and Courtney Hansen at the California Cart Trophy 2005 'Art of Cart' event at the Queen Mary. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 13: Actor Luke Perry attends the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Dodge Charger 500 on May 13, 2006 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Luke Perry arrives at Barbra Streisand's performance at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Grand Opening Weekend on November 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic)
Luke Perry attends The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XX And 20th Anniversary Party on October 18, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Meredith Vieira, Luke Perry and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Luke Perry arrives for the Hallmark Channel Presents 'Northpole' Premiere Screening at La Piazza Restaurant on November 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 05: Actor Luke Perry appears during the 'Outside The Barrel' show with Flint Rasmussen at Rodeo Live during the National Finals Rodeo's Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center on December 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Luke Perry of the series 'Riverdale' attends The CW Network's 2016 New York Upfront at The London Hotel on May 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Luke Perry -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Luke Perry attends the Build Series to discuss 'Riverdale' at Build Studio on October 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Luke Perry speaks onstage at the Riverdale Sneak Peek and Q&A during New York Comic Con at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
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"It let me find a little bit of peace and discover who I was as a person," she later told Entertainment Weekly. "Not the person who the press made me out to be because I'd had a few bad experiences in my personal life, and I was struggling to figure out a bad husband or a bad boyfriend and I was doing it under the spotlight, so I wasn't reacting well to any of it."

Clearly, the cast has been able to get over their issues in the decades that followed, particularly, Perry and Doherty. Interestingly enough, the two both experienced major health issues around the same time in 2015. Perry told Fox News that doctors found precancerous growths in his colon after he underwent a routine colonoscopy in 2015, and that same year, Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

In November 2016, Perry went on the record saying his favorite couple on the series was actually Brenda and Dylan, when he made an appearance at REWindCon in Bloomingdale, Illinois, alongside Garth as well as their fellow 90210 co-stars Jason Priestley and Tori Spelling. Perry also acknowledged Doherty's contribution to the series and let her know he was thinking about her as she underwent breast cancer treatments.

“None of us are up here today without Shannen,” Perry said. “She’s been through a lot. She’s not doing well right now, but sometimes her contributions are minimized.”

“She’s been thrown under the bus,” he continued. “I’ve been accused of driving it. But she’s a very big part of the success of this show. She taught me a lot. I’m glad she was my scene partner. She was great at what she did in the character with me.”

In March 2017, Perry said he admired the way Doherty was handling her battle with breast cancer. 

"She’s brave, she’s a fighter," he told Us Weekly. "She’s in my heart and I think about it. Shannen has taken the opportunity to raise the awareness and let everybody know breast cancer is still a problem. I’ll take this opportunity to send her my love.”

Further showing the love that still existed between the two, in March 2017, Doherty shared a throwback pic of their characters together.

Last October, she Instagrammed another priceless pic of the two together on 90210.

When news of Perry's stroke hit last Thursday, 47-year-old Doherty shared a moving throwback photo of them together along with a message of support.

"My friend," she wrote. "Holding you tight and giving you my strength. You got this."

On Sunday night, ET spoke to Doherty at The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation's Compassion Project Gala in Los Angeles, where she got emotional talking about her former co-star. She also said she had been in touch with him.

"I can't talk about it here 'cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him," she told ET. "It's Luke, and he's my Dylan."

Sadly, Perry's rep confirmed to ET on Monday that the actor died after having never recovered from the massive stroke. 

"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends," the statement reads. "The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning."

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No words can express what my heart feels hearing today's shocking news. Let us all say a prayer for his speedy recovery.
Circa 1995, Studio portrait of the cast of the television series, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' 1990s. Clockwise from bottom left: Brian Austin Green, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Espinoza, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. (Photo by Fox Broadcasting/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 17: Beverly Hills 90210 stars Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, producer Aaron Spelling, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry pose for a portrait in the Press Room during the 1992 People's Choice Awards on March 17, 1992 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
Cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 (Photo by mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images)
Cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 (Photo by mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images)
Cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 (Photo by mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - The cast of 'Beverly Hills 90210' at the People's Choice Awards, 17th March 1992. From left to right, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Aaron Spelling, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Luke Perry and Tori Spelling (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Brian Austin Green, Gabrielle Carteris, Joe E. Tata, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Tiffani Amber Thiesen, Vanessa Marcel, Gabrielle Carteris, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Joe E. Tata, Vincent Young, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green & Luke Perry (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - Actors Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling and Luke Perry of 'Beverly Hills 90210' at the People's Choice Awards, 17th March 1992. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - Actors Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling and Luke Perry of 'Beverly Hills 90210' at the People's Choice Awards, 17th March 1992.(Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry at the 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, Universal Studios, Universal City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, and Luke Perry at the 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, and Luke Perry at the 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Beverly Hills 90210's Luke Perry and Jason Binn circa 1992 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Binn/WireImage)
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