Actor Luke Perry, best known for his portrayals of bad boy Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Fred Andrews on Riverdale, has passed away at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a "massive stroke" at his home in California.
Paramedics were called to his home following reports that Perry had suffered a stroke. He was conscious and talking when they arrived, but his condition quickly deteriorated.
Doctors put Perry into an induced coma to give his brain every chance to recover, but the damage was too great.
Perry passed away on Monday surrounded by "close family and friends"--including his two children, Jack and Sophie--at the time of his death.A rep for Perry released the following 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".
As news of Perry's death spread, several of his peers took to social media to offer their condolences, including former 90210 cast mate Ian Ziering:
Dearest Luke,— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) March 4, 2019
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.
Molly Ringwald, who played his estranged wife on Riverdale:
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry... you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
Charlie Sheen and Seth Green were among others who have paid tribute to Luke:
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) March 4, 2019
your giant heart,
enchanted so many
with brilliant aplomb.
R.I.P good sir.
to have known you
all of these years.
Crushed. Luke Perry was truly a great guy. Warm, kind, generous and hard working. We met very young, I witnessed the grace with which he became a pop icon & parent. He’s been an awesome example of how to stay decent in a swirl of crazy. Love to his family❤️ https://t.co/bGlTX8mNbB— Seth Green (@SethGreen) March 4, 2019
I'm sure the outpouring of grief will continue as the shock death of Luke Perry sinks in.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. R.I.P
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