It’s with heavy hearts that we must report that actor Luke Perry died on March 4th after suffering a massive stroke on February 27th. A statement from his rep, which was released to People.com, states:
“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.”
On Wednesday, March 6th, Perry’s son, Jack, 21, posted a message to his Instagram account. “He was a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, he was always Dad,” he began.
Perry’s daughter, Sophie, 18, also commented on the loss. In a Tuesday, March 5th Instagram post, she wrote, “I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.”
So many of Perry’s cast members and colleagues, both new and old, are posting their condolences and heartbreak.
Perry first became a household name when he starred as the iconic Dylan McKay on the hit teen show Beverly Hills, 90210, which premiered in 1990. Many young fans today now best know him as Fred Andrews, Archie Andrews’ father on the hit CW series Riverdale.
According to TMZ, paramedics arrived at Perry’s Sherman Oaks, California home on the 27th, and although he was lucid at the time, his condition took a turn for the worse as he was transported to a local hospital. He was placed in a medically-induced coma shortly after. R.I.P. Luke.