The star of Riverdale Luke Perry has passed away at the age of 52 years after suffering from a stroke. The actor was with his family at the time.
The actor passed away on Monday morning. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Bauer, ex Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry and sister Amy Coder.
The family said in a statement, “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.”
Riverdale also released a statement saying, “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.”
Perry made his debut in 1990 when he played Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. He appeared alongside Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth. Series producer Aaron Spelling told Rolling Stone in 1992, “After the pilot, we felt there should be someone who is a little dangerous, a little on the edge, and we came up with the Dylan character. When Luke walked into the audition, it was like ‘Wow, that’s the person. He seems exactly like James Dean to me, but it isn’t a conscious imitation—he’s really being himself.”
He also appeared in Windfall, John From Cincinnati, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, FCU: Fact Checkers Unit, Body of Proof, Hot in Cleveland, and Ties That Bind over the next few years. For the last two years, he has been playing Archie’s father on the CW series Riverdale. He also recently played a role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Perry had a cancer scare in 2015. However, he pulled through and became an advocate for the group Fight ColorectaCancerer campaign.