Luke Perry, the actor who starred in hit TV shows like Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, has died in hospital.
TMZ reported that Perry, 52, never recovered after suffering a major stroke last week, and passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California on Monday morning.
Perry’s rep, Arnold Robinson, told USA Today that the actor “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” in his final moments.
“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.”
The actor was transported to hospital by ambulance after emergency workers responded to a 911 call from his home in Sherman Oaks last Wednesday.
While a reboot of 90210 was announced last week, Perry had not been announced as a series regular and it’s unclear if he finished taping his guest appearances.
Perry recently taped a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.
Perry’s 90210 co-star, Shannen Doherty, spoke about her strong connection to him in an interview with Entertainment Tonight before his passing.
“I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him,” she said. “It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan.”
She added that Perry had supported her during her own health struggles, including a years-long breast cancer battle.
[H/T: USA Today]
Rest in peace Luke. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.