'Riverdale' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star Luke Perry dead at 52
Luke Perry, best known for his roles on the TV dramas Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, has died at 52. Last week the actor suffered a massive stroke at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was rushed to the hospital, but did not recover from the trauma because the damage was too extensive.
"[Perry] was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends," his representative said in a statement. "The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning."
Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry rose to prominence playing brooding heartthrob Dylan McKay on the hit 90's series Beverly Hills, 90210. Coincidentally, FOX ordered a revival of the series on the day Perry was hospitalized, which will feature returning cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. Perry's name was not included, and it is not known if he would have taken part.
Recently Perry returned to television, playing Archie's conservative father, Fred, on the hit CW drama Riverdale, a dark take on the Archie comics. The character was a fan favorite, introducing the actor to a new generation. In the wake of his death, Riverdale has shut down production, and the executive producers issued a statement:
"We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the ‘Riverdale,’ Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time."
Perry also acted in HBO's prison drama Oz, HBO's surfer drama John from Cincinnati, Luc Besson's campy science fiction film The Fifth Element, and the biographical bull riding drama 8 Seconds. This summer he will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.
To one generation, he was a teen heartthrob; to another, a favorite TV dad. On Twitter, fans and friends of the actor are mourning his loss and remembering his iconic work. He will be missed.