Luke Perry, Actor in Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210, Dies at 52

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Luke Perry, Actor in Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210, Dies at 52

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Lea Mai Kipp, Staff Writer

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Actor Luke Perry, star of Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale is dead. On Wednesday, February 27, he was hospitalized because of a stroke, and died Monday morning March 4. Perry died at the age of 52.

A representative to the People magazine said that at the time of his death, 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.”

“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.”

Born Coy Luther Perry III on October 11, 1966 in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a steelworker, and his mother a homemaker. They divorced when Luke was just 6 years old.

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Perry was a guest actor and it was planned to have him in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a Quentin Tarantino crime mystery. He has been starring on the television show Riverdale (based on the Archie Comics) as Fred Andrews, Archie’s divorced father (Archie played by KJ Apa).

But arguably the main reason for his fandom is the show Beverly Hills, 90210, in which he played the bad boy, Dylan McKay. The Fox premiered show ran for ten seasons after its start in 1990, drawing millions of viewers each week.