RIP Luke Perry: ‘Riverdale’ & ‘90210’ Actor Dies at 52, Industry Reactions



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Sad news to report on: Luke Perry has passed away. He was 52.

The renowned actor, whose many credits included memorable roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, has died due to complications from a big stroke he suffered last week. He had been in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank since last Wednesday following a stroke that left him with extensive trauma.

According to TMZ, Perry was surrounded by his family – including children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, and sister Amy Coder – as well as friends when he passed.



“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,” read a statement released by the actor’s representative, Arnold Robinson. “No further details will be released at this time.”

Production of The CW series Riverdale was shut down for the day following the news.

“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry,” executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Jon Goldwater, WBTV and The CW said in a joint statement.

“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.”

Reactions have been pouring out from Hollywood, particularly from the many that worked with him over the years.

The Riverdale writers room:

Riverdale co-star Molly Ringwald:

And many, many more:

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My heart is broken ….There are so many special moments in life that we all take for granted …like @madchenamick pulling out her phone and taking this sweet and silly ‘selfie’ of us all. We assume that the #laughter will last or that they’ll be another time to tell someone just how important they are to you ….#lukeperry was of the most kind and gentle souls this world has ever been given …. a true gift and I’m deeply grateful and will forever cherish the time we shared …..the friendship , the talks about our kids and politics and directing and tennis and wrestling. I love you Luke and you will always hold a special place in my heart. I miss you already ??❤️#riverdalefamily #riverdalestrong

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I don’t have any words now. Maybe I will later. ?

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Perry will be seen posthumously playing actor Wayne Mauder in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, hitting cinemas in July.

Rest in peace.

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