Actor Luke Perry, known for roles in Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, died on Monday, just days after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52. Perry suffered a stroke on February 27. The actor was admitted to a LA hospital after suffering the stroke at his Sherman Oaks home on Wednesday morning.
"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 Fox News.
"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 added.
Last week, Perry was admitted to a hospital for "observation".
According to TMZ, paramedics responded to a call at the star's home in Sherman Oaks, California, on February 27 morning.
Riverdale has reported halted production after Perry’s death. The show is based on the popular Archie’s comics. Perry played Fred Andrews, Archie’s father, on the show.
In a statement, Riverdale's executive producers, WBTV and the CW network said, "Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. 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."
Perry, who is originally from Ohio, also acted in the show Oz and some films, including The Fifth Element and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Condolences for Perry poured in from across the industry.
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.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 4, 2019
So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about...everything. I will miss those calls. And my heart goes out to all his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/2GaFkV2mI7— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 4, 2019