Luke Perry, best known for his role on Beverly Hills, 90210, has died. Perry suffered a massive stroke last week and was rushed to a nearby hospital in California. He remained there under observation after being put into a medically induced coma until his passing. Perry was 52. The actor's publicist had this to say in a statement.
"Luke 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. 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."
Born in Ohio, Luke Perry moved out to Los Angeles after high school in order to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. His first big break came during an arc on the soap opera Another World in 1988. Not much later, Perry would go on to earn the role that he would become best known for as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990.
The series ran for 10 seasons in total, with Luke Perry appearing in nearly 200 episodes during his run. His stint on Beverly Hills, 90210 not only made him a household name, but a heartthrob as well. Some of his other TV credits include Oz, Windfall and Body of Proof. More recently, Perry had been appearing on The CW's hit Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale as Fred Andrews. The writer's room for the series, via their official Twitter account, had this to say after news of his passing broke.
"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."
Elsewhere, Luke Perry was an accomplished voice actor. Some of his early credits include Biker Mice From Mars and Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, in which, he voiced Sub-Zero. Perry also worked on Marvel's The Incredible Hulk TV series in the 90s and voiced himself in The Simpsons episode Krusty Gets Kancelled. He also worked on the Disney series Pepper Ann.
On the big screen, Luke Perry appeared in movies such as Luc Besson's The Fifth Element and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He had also filmed a role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It is set to be released this summer and will serve as his final movie role following his passing.
Fox had recently announced a 90210 revival series, which will bring back stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. The network had not announced Perry as a returning cast member. Perry is survived by his son Jack and daughter Sophie. We've collected various social media tributes to the late actor and included them below. RIP, Luke Perry. This news was previously reported by Variety.