Luke Perry, who gained fame on Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, has died at the age of 52, days after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist says.
Perry suffered the stroke on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. He was receiving treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California, according to TMZ. He was rushed to the hospital from his home in Sherman Oaks. Doctors sedated Perry in efforts to help him recover from the stroke, but he was unable to survive. Perry died surrounded by family and friends, TMZ reports.
“Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital,” his rep told CNN on Wednesday, before his death. A Perry rep has denied reports in some news outlets that Perry is in a medically induced coma.
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He was starring on the show, Riverdale. He is probably best known for playing the character Dylan McKay on 90210. Fans reacted on Twitter:
Some of his 90210 costars also offered well-wishes.
Here’s what you need to know:
An Ambulance Was Called to Luke Perry’s Home
Fox 10 reported that the call came from Perry’s home around 9:40 a.m. He lives in Sherman Oaks. The call “came into the fire department for someone suffering a stroke, and Luke was transported to a nearby hospital,” the television station reported.
Luke Perry was born in Ohio on October 11, 1966. According to his IMDB profile, he has two children with ex-wife Rachel Sharp. His children are named Jack and Sophie, and he and Rachel divorced in 2003.
He once described being raised without much in the way of material goods to Page Six, saying, “There were times where my mother was a single parent [with] three kids. It was never easy. I know what it is like to be worried like that and to be the kid in school that doesn’t have the nice clothes and the new shoes.”
Beverly Hills 90210 Is Returning But Without Perry
The news about Perry’s health came the day after it was announced that Beverly Hills 90210 will undergo a reboot. However, although many of the stars of that show are returning, Perry’s name was not attached to the reboot.
“‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ left an indelible impact on pop culture and an entire generation,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, FOX to Fox 10. “Its powerful legacy is an important part of our network’s DNA – bold stories not told anywhere else and bigger-than-life-characters – and we’re honored to bring back the beloved original cast members for 90210.”
The reboot is scheduled to air over six episodes in summer 2019.
In 2015, Luke Perry explained that he was sick of talking about 90210. “[It’s like] third grade,” he said, according to Page Six. “How much does that matter to you right now?”
“It’s just not relevant to anything I am doing anymore.”
You can see a list of his many film and television appearances here. Although his starring role as Dylan would define how many fans see him, in later years Perry acted in a wide variety of other programs. He starred in soap operas and worked odd jobs around L.A. before landing his big break on 90210.