Actor Luke Perry has died aged 52.
He never recovered from a massive stroke he suffered last week.
As reported by TMZ, Perry passed away on the morning of Monday March 4 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank.
His representative s`tated how Luke died surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, former wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry and sister Amy Coder.
Other close family members and friends had also been there with him.
— Tawny Kitaen (@Tawny_Kitaen) March 4, 2019
i produce/shoot vulture's studios where we do celeb interviews and luke perry came through once and not only was he game for a super silly meme thing we did, but also he hugged @nwalks, our host, after, bc he had so much fun. a rare truly human celeb
— kenny wassus (@kgw) March 4, 2019
As reported by Entertainment Today, Perry’s representative has made the following statement:
Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke.
He 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.
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.
Perry was taken to hospital on February 28, after he suffered a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
— Peter Shinkoda (@PeterShinkoda) March 4, 2019
Perry had recently been shooting episodes of Riverdale, in which he currently stars as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews.
He rose to fame starring as Dylan McKay in the hit teenage drama Beverly Hills, 90210, which aired from 1990 to 2000.
Coincidentally, Fox announced they would be rebooting the show, 19 years after the original run ended.
Perry will appear posthumously in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Those who admired his work have taken to Twitter to give tributes to Perry.
Film producer Jonathan Sothcott tweeted:
RIP Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale actor #LukePerry an iconic TV actor. Taken far too soon. #RIPLukePerry
Actor Eric West tweeted:
Wow… Luke Perry was one of the coolest dudes growing up! So much swag! RIP! Too young. So talented. Sleep well legend!
— Eric West (@EricXWest) March 4, 2019
I'd been praying the stroke wouldn't take him. But damn, Luke Perry has died.
To say his role as Dylan on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 has had a lasting affect on me would be an understatement. This one really hurts. pic.twitter.com/qF4v0ZeyAN
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) March 4, 2019
Aside from his extensive acting career, Perry had been active in advocating for colon cancer testing after finding he had precancerous growths during a colonoscopy in 2015.
— JONATHAN SOTHCOTT (@sothcott) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. 52 is so so young. As well as Riverdale and 90210, I'll always love your work in the Buffy film too. Icon. pic.twitter.com/ybiybBK75R
— David Opie (@DavidOpie) March 4, 2019
Perry is survived by his two children, Jack and Sophie.
Our thoughts are with the family of Luke Perry at this difficult time.
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.