Actor Luke Perry – Dead at 52 after suffering massive stroke

Actor Luke Perry has died Monday morning after suffering a massive stroke, according to TMZ.

The TV icon who found stardom on “Beverly Hills, 90210” passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. His reps say that Perry was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, and other close family and friends at the time of death.

Perry was admitted into the hospital last Wednesday morning after suffering the stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. At the time, TMZ, first to report the news said that his rep reorted him being  “under observation at the hospital.”

In 1990, Perry rose to fame after playing heartthrob Dylan McKay on the hit teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox. The night before his rep confirmed he died, Shannen Doherty, who played his love interest in 90210 spoke out on him being hospitalized. When asked if she had any well wishes for Perry, she told an Entertainment Tonight reporter, “I do. I can’t talk about it here because I will literally start crying, but I love him and he knows I love him. I’m in contact.”

Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty in “Beverly Hills 90210”

The 47-year-old actress added, “Everybody just keep positive, wonderful thoughts.”

More recently, Perry made a successful comeback to another teen TV drama, “Riverdale” on CW. He played Fred Andrews, the conservative and over-protective father of the show’s lead character Archie Andrews (KJ Apa).

Luke Perry and KJ Apa in a seen from the CW’s “Riverdale”

The series has reportedly stopped production today after learning about the death of their fellow cast mate. According to the Hollywood Reporter, filming on the series was suspended Monday to allow cast and crew time to grieve for their co-star. 

His fellow co-star, Molly Ringwald posted this on Twitter:

Perry is survived by his daughter Sophie and son Jack.

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