March 4, 2019 at 2:24 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Luke Perry, star of ‘90210’ and ‘Riverdale,’ dies at 52
Luke Perry. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Luke Perry, former teen idol of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale” star, died on Monday after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.

“Perry was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé 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,” Arnold Robinson, Perry’s representative, told Variety. “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.”

Perry was born Coy Luther Perry III in Mansfield, Ohio and was raised in Fredericktown, Ohio. After high school, Perry moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

He appeared on the soap operas “Loving” and “Another World” before landing the role of Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210” in 1990. The role skyrocketed him to teen heartthrob status and he appeared in the role from 1990-1995 and then 1998-2000.

His filmography also included a couple gay roles. He played a gay character in a 1997 episode of “Spin City” and portrayed Jack’s nerdy crush on “Will & Grace” in 2005.

Perry became known to a new generation when he portrayed Archie Andrews’ father Frederick “Fred” Andrews on the CW teen show “Riverdale,” a TV reboot of the “Archie” comics, in 2017 up until his death.

Perry is survived by two children, his daughter Sophie and his son Jack who is a wrestler under the name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy.

Hollywood sent an outpouring of tributes in honor of the late TV star.

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