Luke Perry, best known for his roles as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210 and Fred Andrews on Riverdale, died today (Monday, March 4th) at the age of 52. The television and film star suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday, February 27th.
In a statement from Perry’s rep, the star was surrounded by loved ones when he passed.
“[Perry] 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 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 began work in the industry during the 1980s by appearing on soap operas. He shot to stardom, however, with teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 as bad boy heartthrob Dylan McKay. He was a series regular on the show from 1990-95 and returned in 98 for the final two seasons.
Following the end of 90210, Perry found consistent work in television, starring in the Apocalypse drama Jeremiah, and film, with his final role being in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. He also recurred and guest starred on such shows as Oz, Body of Proof, Major Crimes, Will & Grace, and other shows.
Perry returned to television in 2017 as Fred Andrews on the CW drama Riverdale, which is currently in its third season. Perry was a fixture on the show and mentored the younger cast members. Andrews is considered one of the best TV Dads currently on television. The show has also temporarily shut down production in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Riverdale also shared a statement on Perry’s passing.
“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. 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.”
Perry was set to also appear on as “many episodes as possible” for the 90210 six-episode “mocukmentary” revival, which was announced the same day that he suffered his stroke.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Perry’s family during this difficult time.