Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale star Luke Perry died at the age of 52 Monday morning. Perry was rushed to the hospital last Wednesday after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
His representative, Arnold Robinson, released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée 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.”
The following is a statement from Riverdale executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater, Warner Bros. Television, and The CW: “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.”
The news comes shortly after FOX announced it would be reviving 90210 with Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling playing heightened versions of themselves in a new six-episode, serialized drama. Perry was not going to be involved with the series, however.
“I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine,” Luke Perry once said about the Beverly Hills, 90210 role.
Perry’s credits include Another World, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds, Oz, Jeremiah, Windfall, John from Cincinnati, and Body of Proof. He also filmed a role for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is scheduled to open in theaters on July 26, 2019.