Actor Luke Perry has passed away at the age of 52. Perry was best known for his role as Dylan McKay in the popular TV show Beverly Hills 90210 and as Fred Andrews in Riverdale. He died days after suffering a massive stroke, and had been put under sedation in order to help his brain recover from the trauma but the damage had been too extensive.
His time on Beverly Hills 90210 as teen heart-throb and bad boy Dylan catapulted Perry into the spotlight, and over the ten seasons of the show, became a fan favorite. He had recently gotten back into teen dramas as Fred Andrews, the father of main character Archie Andrews, in the CW hit show Riverdale. No word yet from the show as to how they will deal with Perry’s passing. Perry also wrapped up shooting on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where he played actor Wayne Maunder.
Perry’s roles were numerous. He appeared in films such Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element. He also appeared on numerous TV shows, including Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Biker Mice from Mars, Will & Grace, Windfall, Body of Proof, and even Johnny Bravo. He worked on a number of show, films, and TV films, and did pretty extensive voice-acting roles.
Here are some of the tweets of his colleagues and friends remembering him:
Luke Perry – Irreplaceable beautiful and kind human being, incredible friend, generous actor and adoring father to Jack and Sophie and loving partner to Madison we are all heartbroken. You are the love and you are the light. pic.twitter.com/X3ycTvmXsb
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 4, 2019
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) 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
Crushed. Luke Perry was truly a great guy. Warm, kind, generous and hard working. We met very young, I witnessed the grace with which he became a pop icon & parent. He’s been an awesome example of how to stay decent in a swirl of crazy. Love to his family❤️ https://t.co/bGlTX8mNbB
— Seth Green (@SethGreen) March 4, 2019
Perry is survived by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, and sister Amy Coder.