The actor who is best known for his role in the hit American sitcom Beverley Hills 90210 as Dylan Mckay and Fred Andrews in Riverdale, reportedly suffered a stroke last week and was hospitalised. The star’s publicist told Express.co.uk in a statement: “Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke. “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.“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 tragic news comes after paramedics arrived at his home in Los Angeles around 9.40am local time on Wednesday, after the fire department received a call for someone suffering a stroke.
The report said Luke was transported to a nearby hospital and that his condition was unknown.
The actor first shot to fame on 90210 when the much-loved series began in 1990.
He played Dylan until 1995 and later returned for another stint on the show from 1998 until 2000.
It was recently confirmed the cast of the original 90210 would be reuniting for a reboot.
However, while stars including Jason Priestly, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling will all be returning for the new series, Luke and Shannen Doherty were not signed up.
A Riverdale production source told Entertainment Tonight: “At this time, due to his current deal with Riverdale, Luke Perry could only guest star on a potential 90210 reboot, and could not be a series regular.”
The popular show ran for 10 seasons beginning in 1990 and still lives on in re-runs with Luke appearing in 199 episodes.
He also appeared in a number of films including the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Fifth Element and Scorchers.
Luke performed voiceovers, filming episodes for animated series including Mortal Kombat, The Simpsons, Johnny Bravo and The Incredible Hulk.
More recently he had a starring role in the hit CW series of Riverdale.
Tributes have been pouring in for the beloved actor, with broadcaster Ryan Seacrest stating on Twitter: “Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind.
“Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.”
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! contestant John Barrowman tweeted: “So sad. Luke Perry #beverlyhills90210 #riverdale I met him when I was 19 and when we re-met in our 40s both promoting our #CW roles and shows.
“I didn’t think he would remember our crazy NYC week after his astronomic success, but he did. A nineties icon will be missed. Love and thoughts to his family during this difficult time. #riplukeperry.”
Luke is survived by his son Jack, 21, and daughter Sophie, 18, from his marriage to ex-wife Minnie Sharp and by his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer.