>> FROM THE ARCHIVES: In 1992 interview with Dayton Daily News, Luke Perry talks about acting, fame and growing up in Ohio
Like Senator Brown, Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio.
Perry died Monday at age 52 after suffering a massive stroke last week.
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The actor probably best known for his portrayal of Dylan McKay on the hit ‘90s television series "Beverly Hills 90210" was raised in Fredericktown, Ohio.
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In recent years, he had played Fred Andrews, Archie’s dad, on The CW's "Riverdale.”
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“Luke Perry represented what makes our state great — generosity, humility, and a fighting spirit. Connie and I join the Mansfield and Fredericktown communities in offering our deep sympathies to Luke’s family and friends on their loss,” Senator Brown said in a statement to the press.
Brown's wife, columnist Connie Schultz, noted the family connection on Facebook Monday, the day Perry died from the stroke he suffered Feb. 28.
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"Luke Perry has died, and our family is heartbroken. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio, delivered by Sherrod's father, Dr. Charles Brown, she wrote on Facebook. "When Sherrod first ran for the Senate in 2006, Luke came to Ohio and campaigned with him. He was funny, smart and kind. At the height of his fame, he was still an Ohio boy, so gracious with every fan.