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‘90210’ Star Luke Perry Dead at Age 52

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Actor Luke Perry, known for roles in “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale,” has died after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. He was 52.

Luke passed away Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. ‘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,’ said the actor’s publicist 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,” his rep tells E! News in a statement. “No further details will be released at this time.”

The Beverly Hills 90210 star had been rushed to a California hospital on Wednesday morning from his home in Sherman Oaks, and remained there under observation until his death.

The actor, 52, is survived by his son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18, from his marriage to ex-wife Rachel Sharp.

Perry  got his start with a 10 episode stint on the popular series Another World, but shot to fame in the early 1990s thanks to his role on 90210.

90210 ran for 10 seasons beginning in 1990 and still lives on in reruns, with Perry filming 199 episodes.

FOX said in a statement: “Luke will always be part of the FOX family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this extremely difficult time. He will be deeply missed.”

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, who played Andrea Zuckerman on 90210, said in a statement on Monday: “I am absolutely heartbroken. Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many. He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog. He was a strong voice and an advocate who will be so missed by all who knew him. He has left his mark – never to be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans around the globe.”

In addition to his acting career, Perry had been an advocate for colon cancer testing after discovering he had precancerous growths during a 2015 colonoscopy.

Perry’s final screen credit will be “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” from Quentin Tarantino. Release date July 26.


Perry’s representative, Arnold Robinson, confirmed that the 52-year-old actor “is under observation at the hospital” but would not confirm the reason for his hospitalization. Robinson has since denied a TMZ story reporting the actor has been placed in a medically induced coma, telling the gossip site and The Hollywood Reporter that he’s merely sedated.

The outlet reported that paramedics responded to a call for someone suffering a stroke at Perry’s home in Sherman Oaks around 9:40 am. Perry is still at a nearby hospital, but it is unclear what condition he is in right now.

Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting. His TV career began when he was 16, and the actor cut his teeth acting in soap operas like ABC’s “Loving” and “Another World” on NBC, and doing voice work for animated series such as “The Incredible Hulk” and “Biker Mice From Mars.”

However, in 1990 Perry became a household name for playing the brooding loner Dylan McKay on the smash hit teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox. The show became a phenomenon, catapulting Perry to full-blown teen idol status. He appeared on a racy Vanity Fair cover in July 1992.

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Perry was hospitalized the same day FOX announced that its reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210 will premiere this summer.

‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Revival to Premiere on Fox This Summer

Currently, Perry stars on the show Riverdale, as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews.