Sherman Oaks, CA: Luke Perry, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ star, has died after suffering massive stroke.
Luke Perry, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ star,has died on Monday, March 4th, 2019 after suffering a massive stroke.
in a released statement, Luke Perry’s publicist Arnold Robinson said, “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 at the time of his death. 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.”
The 52 year old actor had been hospitalized since last Wednesday, after a 911 call summoned medical help to his home in the Sherman Oaks, California.
Luke Perry had played construction construction-company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on “Riverdale,” the CW series that gives a dark take on “Archie” comics. A fourth season of “Riverdale” has been slated.
In a joint statement, the show’s executive producers said, “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.”
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Luke Perry hailed from Fredericktown, Ohio, and was born Coy Luther Perry III.
Luke Perry moved to Los Angeles, California after high school to pursue acting. Luke Perry spent two years there before moving to New York, New York where he lived for three years and appeared on a season of the soap opera “Loving” in 1988. Luke Perry appeared on the soap opera “Another World” a couple of years before landing his breakout role.
In October 1990, on his 24th birthday, Luke Perry made his debut as teen heartthrob and bad boy Dylan McKay on the series “Beverly Hills, 90210” where his character romanced Brenda, played by Shannen Doherty, and her best friend Kelly, played by Jennie Garth. The show achieved cult status and ran for 10 seasons.
The same day Luke Perry was hospitalized, Fox Television announced that it would be running a six-episode return of “90210” that features most of the original cast, but Luke Perry was not among those announced.
Friends and fans of Luke Perry have taken to social media to express their grief for the loss of the actor.
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