'Riverdale' Star Luke Perry Dead At 52
By Lauren Crawford
March 4, 2019
Luke Perry has died after suffering a massive stroke.
According to TMZ, the Riverdale star passed away on Monday (March 4) at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California.
"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée 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," Luke's rep, Arnold Robinson, said in a statement, per USA Today. "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 CW, which airs Riverdale, also released a statement following news of Luke's death. "We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all," read the statement. "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." The network additionally shutdown production of the hit show on Monday.
As previously reported, the 52-year-old actor suffered a "massive stroke" on Wednesday (February 27). Paramedics responded to Luke's Sherman Oaks home around 9:40 a.m after receiving a call about "someone suffering a stroke," TMZ reported last week. While Luke was reportedly responsive and talking when paramedics arrived, his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the hospital. His rep told TMZ doctors sedated Luke after he arrived to the hospital on Wednesday, hoping to give his brain a fighting chance to recover from the trauma of stroke, however, the damage was too extensive.
Luke was one of the breakout stars on Beverly Hills, 90210. He became a household name playing the role of Dylan McKay, who was a modern James Dean of sorts, on the 80's teen soap opera. News of Luke's stroke came just one day after it was announced that 90210 would be returning to FOX with the original cast. While he had not signed on to be a regular on the series, Luke reportedly expressed interest in doing a few guest spots on the show.
The 52-year-old actor was starring in the comic-based CW series Riverdale at the the time of his death. He played the role of Fred Andrews since signing on to the show in 2016.
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