Riverdale and Beverly Hills 90210 actor Luke Perry has died aged 52.
The news comes following Perry suffering from a massive stroke on 27th February 2019. News about the actor’s condition has been scarce since he was taken to hospital and his castmates, past and present, had been sending their support via social media.
TMZ reports that Perry was surrounded by his fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, and children Jack and Sophie.
Perry’s breakout role was as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210. He starred in the hit show from 1990 to 1995 and returned for the final two season in 1998.
Following that Perry appeared on shows such as Body of Proof, Will & Grace and Major Crimes. Since 2017 he’s appeared in The CW’s Riverdale as Fred Andrews, the father of central character Archie Andrews played by KJ Apa.
A statement has been released from Riverdale EPs Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecther and Jon Goldwater, Warner Bros. TV and The CW. It says:
“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, 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.”
It’s too early to tell what will happen to the role Perry played in Riverdale.
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Perry’s friends and family at this very difficult time.