Actor Luke Perry, known for roles in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, has died after suffering a stroke on Thursday at the age of 52.
Perry was surrounded by family at his bedside, including children Jake and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer and his former wife, Minnie Sharp.
“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 a statement.
A source told People that Perry never recovered after being rushed to the hospital last Thursday, when paramedics were dispatched to his Sherman Oaks, California home. He was “under observation” for five days but sadly passed away.
“He never regained consciousness,” the People source said.
“Things were so dire that they put him under heavy sedation. He was gone, basically, by the time he got to the hospital.”
Aside from his television roles, Perry was also a major film star, with roles including real-life bull rider Lane Frost in 8 Seconds and Oliver Pike in the original film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Tributes from Perry’s co-stars, friends and fans have poured in on social media.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Perry in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, paid tribute to the “kind-hearted and incredibly talented artist.”
Lili Reinhart, one of Perry’s co-stars on Riverdale, broke her silence on Twitter and Instagram, and said she could not “believe” the news.
“I can barely find the words,” she wrote.
“I am devastated. We all are.”
Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting. His TV career began when he was 16, and the actor cut his teeth acting in soap operas like ABC’s Loving, NBC’s Another World and doing voice work for animated series such as The Incredible Hulk and Biker Mice From Mars.
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– Written by Jackson Miller