“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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With the heaviest of hearts, I am stunned and devastated to tell you that Luke passed away. I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. RIP, dearie Luke. Your time here was far too short. 💔💔💔
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
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
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
Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind. Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 4, 2019
one of the kindest most gentle souls this world has ever known #riplukeperry— Robin Givens (@Therocknrobn) March 4, 2019