KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — US actor Luke Perry died today at the age of 52, five days after suffering a massive stroke.
Perry, who achieved fame starring in TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 as Dylan McKay and who recently played Fred Andrews on CW series Riverdale, died in California.
“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,” Perry’s publicist Arnold Robinson was quoted saying by BBC.
BBC reported that Perry was hospitalised Wednesday after a stroke at his Sherman Oaks home in Los Angeles, the city where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale.
The teen drama based on Archie comics reportedly stopped production after news about Perry’s death.
Riverdale’s executive producers WBTV and the CW network reportedly described Perry as “an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart”.
“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.”