90s icon and 90210 teen heartthrob Luke Perry passed away yesterday at age 52 after suffering a stroke. In the wake of his death, celebrities have shared what Perry meant to them and how he impacted their lives. One of those celebrities is the prolific Pulp Fiction actress Rosana Arquette, who remembered Perry’s friendship with her sister Alexis in an interview with People.
Alexis Arquette was a trans pioneer for trans women living visibly in Hollywood. She died from HIV-related complications in 2016 but had been close with Perry for years.
“One of the memories that I have that is beautiful is when my mother was dying, Luke came and brought his new baby daughter and put her in bed with my mom, who was so happy,” Rosanna tells People. “The gift of life. She loved Luke, we all did. Alexis and Luke were very close friends … I know Alexis is with him, I believe that. They loved each other deeply and were so close. Luke never judged Alexis just loved her as she was. And it was a gift. Luke was a good man.”
Perry and Alexis Arquette has been close since their early days coming up together in Hollywood — in fact, he was close with the entire family after starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer alongside David Arquette -—and spoke about her during the GLAAD Awards in 2017, where he was introducing her sister Patricia. “Look when you love somebody, you love them. Bottom line. And I loved Lex and Lex loved me, and I don’t need to explain that to anybody,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “That’s how love works, and that’s what’s so special about the message Patricia spreads.”
“He was generous and kind and truly a beautiful soul,” adds Rosana Arquette. “I’m so horribly broken-hearted for his family, his kids. Though I haven’t seen them for awhile. Though I didn’t see him a lot, when we did, we always had a warm and connected conversation. This is a terrible loss.”