Yesterday we received the heartbreaking news that Luke Perry, who starred in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, had died after suffering a massive stroke aged 52.
The outpouring of sadness and love for Luke from fans and co-stars was instant.
One such person was Tom Hanks' actor/director/producer son Colin, who took to Instagram to share a lovely story about Luke.
Colin revealed that he met Luke on a flight back from Mexico during which two young brothers were "beating the hell out of each other" and screaming.
He went on to reveal that just as the fight was about to get out of hand, a man appeared from first class to save the day.
Colin then explained that it wasn't until he was in the queue for customs that he realised the man in question was Luke Perry. And when they got talking, Luke revealed that he "always flies with a couple of balloons to give to screaming kids."
"Guy seemed like a true gent," Colin concluded the post, "Gone way too damn soon. Also, I'll be damned if I don't start traveling with some spare balloons."
People loved the story, and began thanking Colin for sharing it publicly.
And many, many celebrities were among the comments, including Elizabeth Banks, Busy Philipps and Sophia Bush.
You can read the caption in full here.
I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given todays sad events. My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of eachother. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming. If you're a parent you understand. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours. Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of no where, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon. He ties it off, hands it off like he's holding out a sword to a king. Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. Plane damn near bursts into applause. 15 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen. We get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife "Holy shit. I think that balloon man/hero" is Luke Perry". As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other. Out of the blue he turns to me and says some kind words about Fargo, which kinda blew my mind. I start singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the balloon. "That's a pro move! You can't teach that!" I say. He tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that very reason, to give to screaming kids. Don't know if that's true, but have no reason to believe it wasn't. Guy seemed like a true gent. Gone way too damn soon. Also, I'll be damned if I don't start traveling with some spare balloons 🎈🎈🎈 #promove #rip #lukeperry #truegent