Much-loved actor and huge star of the ’90s, Luke Perry, has died just days after being rushed to hospital after suffering a massive stroke.
The Beverly Hills 90210 star, who has more recently been starring in Netflix series Riverdale, was rushed to hospital in California on Wednesday after suffering a stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles.
TMZ claimed at the time that Perry’s family told them the star was placed in a medically induced coma, while his rep told the news outlet he was sedated. He was reportedly responsive and talking when paramedics arrived at the scene, but his condition later deteriorated.
Now the actor’s publicist has confirmed he has sadly passed away surrounded by his closest family members, the Mail Online reports.
“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 publicist reportedly said in a statement.
“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.”
Perry is survived by his son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18, from his marriage to ex-wife Rachel Sharp.
The star played Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995. These days, younger audiences know him as Fred Andrews, the father of Archie Andrews on Riverdale – a modern TV twist on the classic Archie comics.
Fellow actors and friends have rushed to pay tribute to Perry since hearing the tragic news, led by Ian Ziering, who starred alongside him on 90210. He wrote: “Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years.
“May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”
I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by themagnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.
— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) March 4, 2019
Meanwhile, Molly Ringwald who played the actor’s on-screen wife on Riverdale, added: “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. #LukePerry.”
US TV host Ryan Seacrest credited Perry with inspiring his own career in the limelight and wrote on Twitter: “Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind. Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.”
While Perry’s close friend and I, Robot star Peter Shinkoda wrote: “This is a travesty. Saw him a month ago healthy and vibrant in Vancouver. RIP #LukePerry. You were a f’n cool dude. #90210 #Riverdale.”
Perry’s stroke occurred on the same day a reboot for the classic 90210 series was ordered by US network Fox. Perry was set to join Shannen Doherty, Ziering and former co-stars Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Gabrielle Carteris for the new project.