“90210” and “Riverdale” Actor Luke Perry Dies From Massive Stroke

He was 52.

Luke Perry, known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and most recently Riverdale, died Monday, March 4, after never recovering from a massive stroke he had last week. He was 52.

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“Perry 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,” his rep said in a statement, reports Variety. “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. No further details will be released at this time.”

Perry was a teen heartthrob in the ’90s when he played Dylan McKay on 90210. For the past three seasons he played Archie Andrews’ father, Fred, on Riverdale, The CW’s dark take on the Archie Comics universe.

He also played gay twice over the course of his long Hollywood career: once in a 1997 episode of Spin City, and then memorably as a gay nerd whom Jack falls for in a 2005 episode of Will & Grace.

Perry will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, scheduled to be released this fall. He is survived by his daughter, Sophie, and his son, Jack.

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