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:
Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale
— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
Riverdale co-star Molly Ringwald:
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
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
Dear Liuke ..love love and my heart is so sad I’m sending love to your family and Alexis is waiting for you ,you will laugh and dance God bless you 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿😇
— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) March 4, 2019
Saddened by the death of #LukePerry. He was kind, generous, and very humble. Rare qualities for someone as enigmatic, talented, and successful as Luke. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chad Lowe (@ichadlowe) March 4, 2019
your giant heart,
enchanted so many
with brilliant aplomb.
R.I.P good sir.
to have known you
all of these years.
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) March 4, 2019
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) March 4, 2019
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2019
I’m heartbroken to hear Luke Perry passed away. Sending love to his family and friends. R.I.P.
— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) March 4, 2019
Beyond stunned and heartbroken. Sending love and strength to his family and loved ones. Lucky enough to have spent time with him. He was such a good one. Rest In Peace #LukePerry 💔❤️
— Scott Wolf (@scottwolf) March 4, 2019
So heartbroken to hear about Luke Perry. He was a good friend – I really admired his work ethic and kindness to all. I recently saw Luke at a Comic Con, looked so great and we had a wonderful reunion. We will deeply miss him and my thoughts go out to his family. #LukePerry pic.twitter.com/APyai6nVlC
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) March 4, 2019
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.