Luke Perry's daughter responds to trolls criticizing her 'grieving process'

Sophie Perry would like to mourn the loss of her father, Luke Perry, in peace. The 18-year-old daughter of the late actor responded to backlash from social media trolls on Monday, March 11.

“Since my dad died I have received a lot of attention online. And most of it has been positive but of course, some people just can’t be nice,” Sophie, who has gained thousands of followers since her dad’s death, captioned an Instagram selfie. “And I’m here to say that I did not ask for this attention, I did not ask to be thrown into some virtual spotlight, and while I don’t mean to offend anybody, I’m also not going to cater to any one else’s needs and beliefs.”

“I’m 18. I swear like a sailor and sometimes I dress like a hooker. And I support causes and you may not,” she continued. “And most importantly. I am going to laugh and smile and live my normal life. YES I am hurt and sad and crying and beside myself with what happened to my dad. It’s the worst thing to ever happen in my life. And I am torn the f—k up over it.”

Sophie added that is not “going to sit in [her] room and cry day in and day out” because social media users think she should.

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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. 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. 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 bare with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.
Since I got hacked I never got to post my prom pics so here you go! I don’t have any with my mom cuz she hates pictures so yeah. I was going for that like. Frenchie at the dance vibes idk?
My old man and I are truly such fashion icons... I mean... CMON
Luke Perry and daughter Sophie at the 2004 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Luke Perry with son Jack and daughter Sophie during 'Garfield: The Movie' World Premiere - After-Party at Zanuck Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
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“If you knew my dad you would know he wouldnt want me to. So you shouldn’t either,” she wrote. “So to those of you shaming me for my language and my wardrobe and most disgustingly, my grieving process, do us both the favor and just unfollow. It’s a waste of both of your time.”

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum died on March 4 at the age of 52 less than a week after he suffered a massive stroke. Luke’s rep told Us Weekly that Sophie and her 20-year-old brother, Jack, were at the hospital when he passed away.

In addition to writing a touching tribute to her dad days after his passing, Sophie — who flew back to L.A. from Malawi after she learned of her dad’s stroke — gave her mom,Rachel “Minnie” Sharp, a sweet shout-out on International Women’s Day.

“You all know my dad is a super star, but I just want to share for a moment that I got really f—king lucky in the parental department because this is my mom. Minnie,” the Riverdale star’s youngest captioned a series of pics with her mother, who was married to Luke from 1993 to 2003, on Friday, March 8. “Who also happens to be my best friend. Wow, how cliche, I know. And she is the rock for everybody grieving in this family right now. She’s the toughest and sweetest and most amazing woman I or anyone else has ever met. How did I get so lucky to have two icons for parents?”

Sophie concluded: “I love you mom and I could not get through this absolute s—t situation without you. None of us could. Oh. And I was just informed it was national women’s day, how fitting for a post on my kick ass mama. #happynationalwomensday.”

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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)
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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)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Luke Perry (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Luke Perry (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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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