Luke Perry, star of 'Riverdale' and 'Beverly Hills 90210', dies at 52 following massive stroke
The ‘90s heartthrob best known for playing Archie Andrews’ father Fred Andrews in ‘Riverdale’ was propelled to international stardom after his stint in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’
Luke Perry, who was hospitalized after suffering a severe stroke passed away Monday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California, according to TMZ. The 52-year-old was reportedly 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.
His health has been a point of public worry since last Wednesday, when it was reported the star was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke while at his California home in Sherman Oaks. It is understood that his doctors had attempted to give his brain a chance at surviving the stroke by sedating him, but the damages were too severe.
The ‘90s heartthrob who is currently best known for playing Archie Andrews’ father Fred Andrews in The CW show ‘Riverdale’ was propelled to international stardom after his stint in Fox’s ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’. Between these two milestone roles, Perry appeared as Revered Jeremiah Cloutier in the HBO prison drama 'Oz,' and starred in shows such as 'Jeremiah', 'Windfall' and 'John From Cincinnati.'
He also made his mark in voice-acting by appearing on shows such as 'Biker Mice from Mars', 'Pepper Ann' and 'The Simpsons.' He also has a prominent role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Charles Manson movie, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.'
Although a '90210' reboot was announced Wednesday with a majority of the original cast returning, Perry had not signed on to be a regular because of his 'Riverdale' commitments. However, he was scheduled for a few guest spots. There has been an outpouring of love for Perry ever since it was reported he was hospitalized, from his co-workers and fans.
"My heart is broken, Luke Perry was such a sweet soul and stole all our hearts. Condolences to his family, friends, and everyone who loved and adored him," wrote one fan, while another expressed her sadness with a tweet that read, "His poster covered my closet door till college. Can not believe he is gone. Too young and too soon. Rest in peace Luke Perry."
RIP Luke Perry, Riverdale will never be the same💔😭 pic.twitter.com/cmDCqU8AQU— chelsea❄ (@ccrabtree_2021) March 4, 2019
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry... you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
A statement from Riverdale’s executive producers, Warner Bros., and The CW. pic.twitter.com/1YNhbaupHv— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) March 4, 2019