He was one of the biggest heartthrobs and stars of the ‘90s and Hollywood actor Luke Perry has suffered a huge stroke at the age of 52.
Most Starts at 60 readers will recall Perry 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.
According to TMZ, the father-of-two suffered a “massive” stroke on Wednesday and is currently in hospital. Paramedics responded to Luke’s home in Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles at around 9:40 AM local time and he has since been transferred to hospital.
TMZ claimed 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 has deteriorated.
A stroke can be life-threatening and life-changing and occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are considered medical emergencies and treatment is essential.
Typically when a person suffers a stroke, they will notice symptoms impacting their face, arms and speech. Those who have had a stroke may experience dropping on their face, while they may notice numbness or difficulty lifting their arms. Their speech may also become slurred and they can also experience difficulty understanding what people are saying to them.
Around 15 million people suffer a stroke each year and five million are killed as a result of their stroke. Strokes also leave five million people worldwide permanently disabled every year.
Friends and co-stars of Perry have posted about his health online, wishing the star a speedy recovery. His 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty shared a vintage photo of the pair and a heart-warming message on Instagram.
She wrote: “My friend. Holding you tight and giving you my strength. You got this.”
Meanwhile, actor Ian Ziering added: “No words can express what my heart feels hearing today’s shocking news. Let us all say a prayer for his speedy recovery.”
Perry’s stroke occurred on the same day a reboot for the classic 90210 series was ordered by US network Fox. Perry was said to join Doherty, Ziering and former co-stars Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Gabrielle Carteris for the new project.