Tiffani Thiessen breaks her silence days after Luke Perry's death

Still can’t believe it. Tiffani Thiessen paid tribute to her Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Luke Perry three days after his sudden death.

Thiessen, 45, posted a black-and-white throwback picture of the pair via Instagram on Thursday, March 7, and captioned it: “My heart has been weighing heavy. The loss of a man who started as my co-star but quickly became my friend. He welcomed me on my very first day of #90210 with open arms. A day that was not an easy one for me. I was coming in to a show, a family really, that had been together for over 4 years. But this man took me under his wing and made me feel at home. Made me feel like I belonged in his TV family.”

“He was sincere, sweet, warm, kind, professional and funny as all heck. And most of all, the definition of a gentleman,” the Alexa & Katie actress continued. “Luke, our world has a hole in it now that you aren’t here. But heaven definitely gained you as an angel. #RIP #LukePerry #gonetoosoon.”

Perry and Thiessen played love interests Dylan McKay and Valerie Malone, respectively, on the hit FOX series, which ran from 1990 to 2000. Thiessen joined the cast in 1994.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Luke Perry (L) and Tiffani Thiessen arrive 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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Luke Perry (L) and Tiffani Thiessen arrive 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)
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)
Nikki Ziering, 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)
Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Luke Perry at the 2004 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: (NO US WEEKLIES UNTIL JUNE 18TH) Actor Luke Perry, son Jack and actress Tiffani Thiessen attend the 'Target A Time for Heroes to Benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation' carnival at the Wadsworth Theater grounds June 13, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
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Earlier on Thursday, costar Jason Priestley also broke his silence on the Riverdale actor’s untimely death. “It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this… My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared,” Priestley, 49, wrote on Instagram. “Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon… and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today.”

The Private Eyes actor, who played Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, added: “If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well… the candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long… you burned oh, so brightly Luke… Goodnight Sweet Prince.”

The Oz star died in the hospital on Monday, March 4, less than a week after he suffered a massive stroke at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 52.

His rep confirmed his passing to Us Weekly in a statement, which read: “[Perry] was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder and other close family and friends. 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. No further details will be released at this time.”

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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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