Publicist: Luke Perry Has Died At 52 After Suffering 'Massive' Stroke

March 04, 2019 - 12:14 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on "Beverly Hills, 90210," died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52.

Publicist Arnold Robinson said that Perry died Monday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank after suffering a massive stroke last Wednesday.

Perry was surrounded by family and friends when he died, Robinson said. Among them were his children, siblings, fiancée and former wife.

The actor had been hospitalized since last Wednesday, after a 911 call summoned medical help to his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. He suffered a "massive" stroke. 

"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," Robinson said in a statement. At Perry's bedside were his children, Jake and Sophie; fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer and his former wife, Minnie Sharp.

Perry became a household name on "Beverly Hills, 90210" where he starred as high school stud Dylan McKay for 10 seasons. He is most recently know for playing Archie's dad, Fred Andrews, on CW's hit show, "Riverdale" for three seasons. A fourth season has been slated.

He has had roles in a handful of films, including "The Fifth Element," ''8 Seconds" and "American Strays." He appeared in HBO's prison drama "Oz" and voiced cartoons like "The Incredible Hulk" and "Mortal Kombat." In recent years he starred in the series "Ties That Bind" and "Body of Proof."

The same day he was hospitalized, Fox TV announced that it would be running a six-episode return of "90210" that features most of the original cast, but Perry was not among those announced. According to TMZ, Perry was willing to appear as a guest on the show, but couldn't commit to more than that due to his "Riverdale" schedule.

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