Famous for playing Dylan McKay on 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and Fred Andrews on 'Riverdale', Perry was known for his kind spirit and for being genuine. Wishes and condolences pour in for the family.
The new generation might know him as Fred Andrews, the rugged dad from Riverdale, but for most of us, he was the young teen who captured the hearts of many in the 90s. Luke Perry, who rose to fame as the teen heartthrob on Beverly Hills 90210 is no more. The actor, who was just 52 years old passed away after suffering a stroke. According to TMZ, Perry breathed his last on the morning of March 4, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank.
On Wednesday i.e. 27 February, Perry was rushed to the hospital after paramedics got a call from his Sherman Oaks residence in California, in the morning. At the time, he was responding and talking, but soon his condition is said to have taken a turn for the worse. According to the actor's representatives, he was put under sedation so that his brain could recuperate from the medical trauma of the stroke. Unfortunately, the trauma was too much for him to survive.
Luke Perry was surrounded by loved ones in his last few moments, including children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder. The amount of love that surrounded the former Beverly Hills 90210 star just showed how close Perry was with his family.
He was said to be extremely close to his children. Shannon Doherty, Perry's co-star on Beverly Hills 90210 who played as Brenda Walsh told People, that while they were working together on the show, Perry would often speak about his two children — son Jack and daughter Sophie, who he had with Rachel "Minnie" Sharp. Doherty says "Luke loved his family. He raved about his kids and how proud he was of them. He showed me videos of the often."
"They were his heart and for him, his biggest accomplishment," Doherty adds. A source revealed to People, "Luke was a super great, very hands-on dad. He was always attending his kids’ school and after-school functions when they were younger. He loved just hanging out with them and being present. He was so proud of everything they accomplished."
Perry was a very supportive dad. According to USA Today Sports, he was seen cheering his son Jack, 21, a professional wrestler, at one of his matches in Los Angeles. The proud father was spotted there in the stands, filming his son the entire time. He was just as close with his daughter, Sophie, 18. In June 2018, she shared a picture on her Instagram page which showed Perry kissing her on the cheek, posing outdoors. She posted another one in October of the two of them dressed in outdoor gear with the caption, "My old man and I are truly such fashion icons... I mean… CMON." Despite being still in Malawi Africa when her father fell ill, Sophie rushed to Los Angeles before his death on Monday.
Born in Mansfield, Ohio and raised in Fredericktown, Perry was brought up by his mother, Ann Bennett, a homemaker, and his father, Coy Luther Perry Jr., a steelworker. He moved to Los Angeles shortly after high school to pursue a career in acting. He has also worked as an asphalt paver and lived in various cities including Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Downey, and Paramount, before finding his break in acting.
The actor started off in the daytime soaps Loving (1987–88) and Another World (1988–89) before he finally landed the role that was his claim to fame i.e. Dylan, a rich loner in Beverly 90210. Perry was part of the series from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000, a rough total of almost 10 years. The role established him as a heartthrob among thousands of fans. According to Entertainment Weekly, Perry was Aaron Spelling’s(the creator of 90210) top choice for the role.
Post 90210, in 2001, he played Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier in HBO’s Oz, a surfing promoter on John from Cincinnati in 2007, a lottery winner on Windfall in 2006, and a cult leader on Criminal Minds in 2008. Luke also lent his voice to cartoons like Biker Mice from Mars, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, The Legend of Calamity Jane, The Incredible Hulk, Pepper Ann, Pound Puppies and many others. In 2016, Perry was cast as Archie’s father Fred Andrews in the hit thriller drama, Riverdale. The role caused the rise of a new generation of Perry fans. It was while shooting for Riverdale that he suffered from the stroke.
Condolences and tributes are pouring in from all quarters across social media. Doherty said, "I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind." Others within Hollywood are also taken to social media to about their experiences with the actor.
Dearest Luke,— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) March 4, 2019
I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.
Luke Perry was a kindhearted and incredibly talented artist. It was an honor to be able to work with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones.— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 4, 2019
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2019