It has been a day of mourning, ever since the news of Luke Perry passing away hit the news. But according to a new revelation, the 'Riverdale' actor never really regained his consciousness after suffering from the fatal stroke some days ago.
The 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star remained under “heavy sedation” for five days in the hospital, before his untimely passing away on Monday, as per a source speaking to People. Perry was hospitalized on February 27, after paramedics rushed to his house in Sherman Oaks, California.
“He never regained consciousness,” the source explained. “Things were so dire that they put him under heavy sedation. He was gone, basically, by the time he got to the hospital.” The actor, who was kept "under observation", died on March 4.
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” read a statement from Perry’s rep. “He 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."
It further continued, "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 ‘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.'
According to reports, the actor married Rachel “Minnie” Sharp in 1993, but the couple split in 2003. Ever since their separation, the couple had shared the joint custody of 21-year-old son Jack, as well as 18-year-old daughter Sophie. Meanwhile, in lieu of flowers, the Perry family has reportedly asked that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
"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."