Luke Perry, the star of the massive 90’s romance-drama (romdram) hit Beverly Hills 90210 where he played Dylan McKay. And now currently appearing in the CW Channel mystery show, Riverdale as Fred Andrews, has passed away after suffering what is being called at this point a “massive” stroke. It was the second stroke that he had in a matter of a week. Perry was just 52-years old.
Perry was admitted to the hospital for “observation.” At that time, his rep did not confirm reports that he had suffered a stroke. The actor remained “under observation” for five days.
According to the AP, paramedics responded to a call at the star’s home in Sherman Oaks, California, at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday. The call came into the fire department for someone suffering a stroke. That incident occurred the same day that the “Beverly Hills, 90210” reboot was announced.
Perry’s publicist has already put out a statement.
“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,” Perry’s publicist Arnold Robinson told us. “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 no further details will be released at this time.
There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from Hollywood and from the fans from all over the world. You can check out how Twitter is blowing up with the #LUKEPERRY hashtag.
Interestingly enough, 90210 was coming back on FOX in a revival of the original cast. It was to be done in a mockumentary style. It had just been announced days ago that the project was indeed being put together. At this point Perry and Shannen Doherty were not attached to the show.
Other Health Scares for Perry
In 2015, Perry underwent a colonoscopy that revealed precancerous growths. He stated that he wished more people would do the same. If they did, there would be far fewer deaths from colorectal cancer. Currently, it is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, and a disease his childhood friend’s wife was recently diagnosed with.
“Right now, there are 23 million Americans who haven’t been screened who need to be screened,” Perry, who had the growths removed after tests detected them, told Fox News. “If I had waited, it could have been a whole different scenario.”’
Luke’s Personal Life and Acting Resume
Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio. He actually his high school’s mascot, (Fredericktown High School) Freddie. Luk’es mother was a homemaker, and his father was a steelworker.
Perry moved to Los Angeles shortly after high school to pursue acting. He worked as a paver and lived in various cities throughout California including Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Downey, and Paramount.
In 1990 Perry truly became a household name for playing the cooler than anybody you know and modern-day James Dean, loner Dylan McKay on the teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” that aired on Fox. The show became a phenomenon, catapulting Perry to full-blown teen idol status.
Perry had two acting runs on “90210″. One from 1990 to 1995 and another from 1998 to the show’s end in 2000. During this time Dylan’s character struggled with alcohol abuse and drug addiction. He went through a series of tumultuous relationships with several other main characters including Brenda (played by Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (played by Jennie Garth).
While starring in “90210,” Perry made a brief appearance as Billy Masterson in Luc Besson’s whacky sci-fi pic “The Fifth Element”
Other major acting credits include from earliest in his career to most recently include:
The soap opera Another World as Kenny.
The film Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Pike.
The rodeo film that he starred in 8 Seconds.
He was the voice of Sub-Zero in the TV show Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm.
He was a character on the series the Incredible Hulk.
He was Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier on the hit HBO show OZ.
He was Jeremiah in the self-titled sci-fi show Jeremiah.
He has a roll on the comedy-drama Windfall as Peter Schaefer.
He appeared on the cool and quirky HBO show John from Cincinnati as Linc Stark.
He will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” playing the real-life Canadian-American actor Wayne Maunder who starred in the CBS Western TV show “Lancer.”
Perry is survived by his daughter Sophie and his son Jack, a professional wrestler who goes by the ring name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy.
TREEZ SAYS: It is always sad when someone passes away so suddenly. A stroke at 52 years old is way too young and hardly that common. Perry seemed to be a fit enough thin guy, so many will wonder what was going on with his health. As this article stated, Perry did have a cancer scare that he at least was right on top of. That is what makes this so strange. It appeared as if he was really watching his health.
Luke Perry was a likable actor and didn’t seem to fall into the typical Hollywood douchebag stereotype. I liked him on OZ and on John from Cincinnati. They were two of the HBO shows that he starred in. He must have made those folks happy as he got two roles on the network. I know I will be checking him out in Quentin Tarantino’s next film coming out titled, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Just by the fact that QT cast Perry should say a lot. He has a tremendous eye for talent and clearly, he saw that in Perry. Luke will be missed. He was our modern day ‘kinda’ James Dean in my eyes. For that, you gotta say, “pretty cool”! That is not an easy thing to pull off. Perry pulled it off and now he can hang with JD in Hollywood Heaven….assuming there is such a thing.
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