On March 4th, iconic television star Luke Perry passed away due to complications from a stroke. The father of two was just 52 years old. And now, Perry’s daughter, Sophie, is addressing internet trolls who are criticizing the way she’s grieving the loss of her dad. In a candid post on Instagram, she pointed out that she “did not ask for this attention” nor did she ask to be “be thrown into some virtual spotlight.” Sophie also reminded her followers that she’s just 18 years old, and that the way in which she grieves her father is—and should be—highly personal. She acknowledged that while she’s definitely hurting, she knows her father wouldn’t want her to stop living.
She concluded by writing that those who do not agree with—and feel the need to shame—her should just unfollow her.
Sophie initially posted the below several days after Perry’s death:
There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and let’s use this as a reminder to judge a little less today.