Breaking! Luke Perry of Beverly Hills and Riverdale dies at 52

Luke Perry

US actor Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died on Monday 4th March at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist Arnold Robinson said. 

According to his publicist Robinson in a statement, Perry died surrounded by his family and friends. 
Among them were his children, Jack and Sophie, his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, his mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder. 

He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.

"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," Mr Robinson said.

Robinson said no further details would be released at this time. 

Luke Perry fans remember him as the 'nicest guy'. 

Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale.

Riverdale Cast

Perry had played construction company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on “Riverdale,” the CW series that gives a dark take on “Archie” comics. A fourth season has been slated.

Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry's death, US media reported.

In a statement, Riverdale's executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was "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."

Born and raised in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Perry gained fame on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which ran from 1990 to 2000.

Perry also had roles in a handful of films, including “The Fifth Element,” "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", ″8 Seconds” and “American Strays,” appeared in HBO’s prison drama “Oz” as a televangelist convicted of fraud, and voiced cartoons including “The Incredible Hulk” and “Mortal Kombat.”

He made his Broadway musical debut as Brad in the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and starred on London’s West End in another stage adaptation of a film, “When Harry Met Sally.” In recent years he starred in the series “Ties That Bind” and “Body of Proof.”

May his soul rest in peace.
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