After suffering a massive stroke on Feb. 27, 2019, beloved actor and Hollywood icon Luke Perry passed away Monday at the age of 52.
It was reported by TMZ that the actor, probably most recognized for his teen role in the 90s series “Beverly Hills, 90210” was taken to the hospital last week after being found in his home following the stroke.
Luke Perry, star of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale,” has died after suffering a stroke. pic.twitter.com/pmk0xNU7b7
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) March 4, 2019
According to PEOPLE, Perry had been “under observation” in the hospital for 5 days before he eventually passed away on March 4.
Throughout his career, Perry played his fair share of different roles. From his L.A. days as Dylan McKay to his more recent “Riverdale” character, Fred Andrews, Perry’s acting years were truly a success.
Riverdale cast, crew remember Luke Perry as ‘father figure’ with a ‘giant heart’ https://t.co/pkFyklIen2
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 4, 2019
A statement from the “Riverdale” executive producers was released, according to E! News Online. The producers expressed their deepest sympathies and condolences.
“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry,” the statement says. “A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be.”
— IMDb (@IMDb) March 4, 2019
“An incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all,” the statement went on.
“A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2019
Perry is survived by his two children, 21-year-old Jack and 18-year-old Sophie. His tragic death comes just days after a ‘90210’ reboot was announced.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the FOX series will feature 6 episodes to include many of the original stars including Jason Priestley and Jennie Garth.
“When my time is here up, I don’t want to look back and see that I didn’t do anything.”
Watch Luke Perry open up about what he wanted his legacy to be in this 1992 “First Person with Maria Shriver” interview. pic.twitter.com/VvgRQIbUj4
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 4, 2019
Some of Perry’s colleagues and friends shared their sentiments on social media. “Very few people were as nice as Luke Perry & hardly any stay grounded after they become super famous…” actor Jon Lovitz tweeted.
“He let my 13-year-old niece visit him on the set of 90210 when it was huge,” Lovitz continued. “She was shy and a giant fan. He couldn’t have nicer to her. My condolences to his family and friends.”
We send our heartfelt condolences as well. This actor, father and friend was clearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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