Luke Perry dies at 52 after suffering from stroke
We are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Luke Perry who was best known for his role as Dylan McKay in the 90s series “Beverly Hills, 90210” and Fred Andrews in “Riverdale.” Luke Perry died on March 4 at the age of 52 at his home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles California, surrounded by his family and friends after suffering a stroke on February 27. The family asked for privacy through publicist Arnold Robinson who was at Perry’s bedside along with the actor’s children, Jake and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, former wife, Minnie Sharp and mother Ann Bennett.
“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,”
Luke Perry was born on October 11, 1966 in Mansfield, Ohio, USA. His parents divorced when he was 6 years old. In a Vanity Fair interview in 1992he said that his “mom’s a fighter.”
“Her Life ain’t been easy, but she don’t walk around with her heart on her sleeve. She stuck it out. She never bailed”.
His mother remarried Steve Bennet when Luke was 12. Luke was close to his stepdad even referring to him as “the greatest man” he knew.
After graduating high school he didn’t go to college but headed to Los Angeles instead to pursue acting.
“It was never about escape. It was about wanting to feel like I belonged. I felt like I belonged on a screen. I don’t know why”. He was rejected more than 200 times before landing his first gig in a TV commercial. He quickly rose to fame after getting the role of Dylan in teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
Luke Perry was married to Rachel Minnie Sharp from 1993 till 2003. They had two children Jack, born on June 15, 1997 and Sophie, born on June 7, 2000. After his death it was released that he was engaged to Wendy Maddison Bauer.
Luke Perry played more than 90 roles over the course of a diverse career. He is an actor and producer. Luke played parts in soap operas, starred in movies, was on Broadway, and made guest appearances in shows like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Will and Grace,” “Family Guy,” and “The Simpsons” to mention a few.
His latest role was main cast member Fred Andrews in the American TV drama series “Riverdale” which is based off the famous Archie Comics. Executive producers, Warner Bros and The CW released a statement after the news broke out remembering the actor;
“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 show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous and infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time”.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He might be gone but will not be forgotten.
This article was written by Rita El Hajj and edited by Elige Abou Youness for Virgin Radio Lebanon and Laughing Might Help.