Riverdale star Luke Perry buried in eco-friendly mushroom suit, daughter reveals

Luke Perry was buried in an eco-friendly suit made from mushrooms, his daughter has revealed.

In March, it was reported the Riverdale star had died at the age of 52 after suffering a stroke.

The actor, who rose to fame while starring in Beverly Hills, 90210 in the 1990s, was reportedly surrounded by his close friends and family when he passed away.

His daughter, Sophie Perry, has revealed her father specifically asked to be buried in a biodegradable suit made from mushrooms.

The 18-year-old shared a photograph on Instagram of a growth of mushrooms in a Californian woodland, explaining the reason behind Perry’s request.

“Any explanation I give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco-friendly burial option via mushrooms,” the teenager wrote.

“My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him. He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes.”

In the Instagram caption, Sophie Perry advised for her followers to visit the website for Coeio, a “green burial” company.

The firm’s “Infinity Burial Suit”, which costs $1,500 (£1,138), is made from natural, biodegradable material and “cleanses the body and soil of toxins that would otherwise seep into the environment”, the company states.

Coeio vows to plant two trees for every suit sold.

“Now, mushrooms hold an entirely new meaning for me,” Sophie Perry wrote on Instagram.

The suit was created more than a decade ago by Jae Rhim Lee, founder and CEO of Coeio.

Following her graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lee studied mycoremediation, investigating how mushrooms could be incorporated into contemporary funeral practices.

“It became more and more apparent how conceptions of death are enacted through the body, and this research added the idea that fashion, in addition to mushrooms, could be a vehicle for re-imagining our relationship with death,” Coeio states.

Lee debuted the suit at the “Seamless: Computational Couture” fashion show at the Museum of Science in Boston in 2008.


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