Monday, March 4, 2019

Luke Perry Dead at 52

Actor Luke Perry passsed away on Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California, after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.

Perry was taken to the hospital on Wednesday, February 27, after he had a stroke at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. His rep told Us at the time that the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum was "under observation at the hospital."

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department told Us that paramedics responded at approximately 9:40 a.m. after a 911 call. Perry was transported via ambulance to the hospital.

The Riverdale star’s 90210 castmates sent messages of support after news of his condition broke. Shannen Doherty, who played his character Dylan McKay’s love interest Brenda Walsh, shared a throwback photo of herself and Perry hugging via Instagram. “My friend. Holding you tight and giving you my strength,” she wrote on Thursday, February 28. “You got this.”

Ian Ziering chimed in with his own Instagram post, writing: “No words can express what my heart feels hearing today’s shocking news. Let us all say a prayer for his speedy recovery.”

Perry starred on the Fox teen drama series, which ran from 1990 to 2000, alongside Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Ziering (Steve Sanders) and Doherty.

A Beverly Hills, 90210 revival of sorts was confirmed on Wednesday, though Perry was not set to appear in the Fox update.

Perry grew up in Ohio and later moved to Hollywood to pursue acting. He appeared on daytime soap operas Another World (as Kenny) and Loving (as Ned Bates) before landing his breakout role as Dylan McKay. His work varied from film to Broadway to voice over ahead of his TV comeback on Riverdale. He was married to Rachel Sharp from 1993 to 2003. The exes shared son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18.

On Riverdale, Perry played Fred Andrews, the father of main character Archie Andrews (KJ Apa). The series debuted in January 2017 and was renewed for a fourth season in January 2019.

Below, check out Perry in the role of Kenny in a January 1989 episode of Another World.

Here is a montage of Dylan moments from 90210.

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