Actor Luke Perry died on March 4 (Malaysian time: March 5). He was 52. His publicist Arnold Robinson confirmed the news with CNN:
“He 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.
“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 first hospitalised on Feb 28 after suffering a massive stroke.
He is best know for playing Dylan McKay in the 1990s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. Most recently, he starred in Riverdale, a TV series based on the characters of Archie Comics, as Fred Andrews, the father of the show’s protagonist, Archie Andrews.
The hit 2017 show is shutting down production for the time being. Riverdale’s executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jon Goldwater released a statement along with Warner Bros. TV and The CW.
“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.”