What You Need to Know: Luke Perry

Actor Luke Perry dies at 52

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Perry, who most recently starred as Fred Andrews on The CW's "Riverdale," was best known for his portrayal of Dylan McKay in the hit 90s television series "Beverly Hills 90210." He is survived by two children.

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Update 3:35 p.m. EST March 4: Representatives of The CW and Warner Bros. said they were “deeply saddened” Monday to learn of Perry’s death.

“Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all,” the statement said. “A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”

The set of “Riverdale” was closed Monday after news surfaced of Perry’s death, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Update 1:25 p.m. EST March 4: Friends took to social media to remember Perry.

 
 
 
 
 

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Update 1 p.m. EST March 4: Perry’s publicist confirmed in a statement released to several outlets Monday that the actor died earlier in the day after “a massive stroke.” He was surrounded by family members, including his fiance, his children and his ex-wife.

“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,” Perry’s publicist, Arnold Robinson, said in the statement. “No further details will be released at this time.”

 

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Update 12:50 p.m. EST March 4: Perry died Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, TMZ reported. He was 52.

 

Original report: A publicist for Luke Perry said Thursday that the actor was under observation at a California hospital amid reports that he had a stroke one day earlier.

Entertainment news site TMZ reported paramedics were called around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to respond to Perry’s home in Sherman Oaks. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to Us Weekly that paramedics were called to respond to a report of a person having a stroke.

Perry's publicist, Arnold Robinson, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Perry was "currently under observation" at a hospital. He did not elaborate on why Perry had been hospitalized or share details on his condition.

 

TMZ reported Thursday afternoon that doctors placed Perry in a medically induced coma after he had a “massive” stroke, however, a spokesperson for Perry disputed the account to the website and to The Blast.

The 52-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of Dylan McKay in the hit 90s television series "Beverly Hill 90210." Fox on Wednesday released a teaser for a revival the series, called just “90210,” with a majority of its original cast, although Entertainment Weekly reported Perry was not among the returning actors.

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The series won a Golden Globe in 1991 for Best Dramatic Television Series.

Since 2017, Perry has starred as Fred Andrews on The CW's "Riverdale."

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