Luke Perry, the actor we all knew and loved as Dylan McKay in "Beverly Hills 90210" and more recently as Archie's dad on the CW's "Riverdale," died this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank from stroke complications. Perry suffered a massive stroke Wednesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood of Los Angeles.
According to Perry's representatives, at the hospital doctors had sedated Luke, hoping to give his brain a fighting chance to recover from the trauma of the stroke. However, the damage was apparently too extensive.
Beyond 90210 and "Riverdale," the Mansfield, Ohio-born Perry had a number of other TV and movie roles dating back to the early '80s. He also did a significant amount of voice acting, lending his talent 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 others. He also filmed a role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Charles Manson movie, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
His reps said Perry was surrounded by his 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, and other close family and friends. They said, "The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world. No further details will be released at this time."
RIP, Luke Perry.