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Beverly Hills 90210 star and actor Luke Perry, 52, died this morning as a result of suffering a massive stroke last Wednesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. According to TMZ, the actor passed away on this morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank.
“[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 rep 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. No further details will be released at this time.”
*Update*: Shannen Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh, Perry’s character’s longtime girlfriend, finally posted on Instagram Tuesday morning writing, “Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me. I’m struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives. Processing this is impossible right now.”
The 90210 cast has just started to comment on Perry’s death. Ian Ziering, who played Steve Sanders on the show, posted, “Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind. God please give him a seat close to you, he deserves it.”
In an exclusive statement to People, Jennie Garth, who played Kelly Taylor on 90210, said, “My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss.”
Gabrielle Carteris, who played Andrea Zuckerman on the series, said in a statement: “I am absolutely heartbroken. Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many. He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog. He was a strong voice and an advocate who will be so missed by all who knew him. He has left his mark – never to be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans around the globe.”
Emma Caulfield, who played recurring character Susan Keats, wrote, “Oh God. I’m heart sick. I love you Luke. You were an angel and a friend to me. Loss for words. #LukePerry”
Caulfield continued: “My first day on 90210 Luke brought me under his wings & made me feel welcome. His first words to me were ‘so how are the bitches treating you?’ It made me laugh & I felt like I had an ally in my corner. You set a tone and made sure I could thrive.”
Christine Elise, who played the recurring Emily Valentine, posted the following on Instagram: “With the heaviest of hearts, I am stunned and devastated to tell you that Luke passed away. I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. RIP, dearie Luke. Your time here was far too short. ???”
Kathleen Robertson, who played Clare Arnold, said that her “heart breaks” at the news of Perry’s death.
Last weekend, Shannen Doherty, who played his on-screen girlfriend Brenda Walsh, said she’d been in touch with Perry since his stroke. “I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him,” she told ET. “It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan.”
His former co-stars also sent messages of support last week after news broke of the actor’s stroke.
Ziering posted, “No words can express what my heart feels hearing today’s shocking news. Let us all say a prayer for his speedy recovery.”
Doherty also posted on Instagram last week writing, “My friend. Holding you tight and giving you my strength. You got this.”
Perry’s Riverdale co-stars and team have also begun voicing their condolences on social media. Molly Ringwald wrote, “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry”
Riverdale‘s writers also chimed in writing, “Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale”