90210 and Riverdale star Luke Perry has passed away

Publish Date
Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 7:00AM
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Luke Perry has died, days after suffering a major stroke.

The Beverly Hills 90210 and RIverdale star was 52.

Perry's family issued a statement saying: "He 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.

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"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, who rose to fame in the 1990s for his role on the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210 was hospitalised in California after suffering a "massive" stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks last week.

The 52-year-old actor was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital where his condition reportedly worsened and he remains under observation.

Prior to his stroke Perry was said to be experiencing "bad back problems", which had to be surgically fixed, according to the actor's neighbour.

Perry's last major health scare was in 2015, when precancerous growths were found in his body following a colonoscopy, prompting the actor to speak out about checking for colorectal cancer.

Luke - who has children Jack, 21 and 18-year-old Sophie with his ex-wife Rachel Sharp - is best known for his role as Dylan Mckay on Beverly Hills, 90210 and was hospitalised on the same day Fox announced the show's reboot.

Most recently, he has appeared on screens as Fred Andrews in the hit series Riverdale, starring alongside Kiwi actor KJ Apa.

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Luke's involvement in the new 90210 show hadn't been confirmed but it will reportedly star Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders), Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman), Brian Austin Green (David Silver) and Tori Spelling (Donna Martin) who have all signed up for a six-episode "event series" but rather than their beloved teen characters, they will play exaggerated versions of themselves.

Luke Perry pictured in 1991. Photo / Getty