It’s a little hard not to be in shock right now. Just days after the OG 90210 cast announced they’re coming back this summer for a limited episode run, star Luke Perry (who was rumoured to only be a guest star in the revival) suffered a major stroke.
Fast forward to Monday, five short days later, and the 52-year-old has died.
“[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,” Perry’s rep said in a statement. “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.”
We’re gutted. It’s almost like a piece of our childhood is now gone with Perry’s untimely death; there really are no words. Obviously tons of fans took to social media to share their love and grief, and we’re having a hard time not sobbing.
#LukePerry R.I.P Luke Perry. Thank you for entertaining many. You will be greatly missed by so many. No words can express how sad I am at this moment in time. Legends never die- Babe Ruth <3 pic.twitter.com/hJzQQQL0nu
— Lanna💙 (@WriterLanna) March 4, 2019
— 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐱 𝐕𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥 🏳️🌈 (@ialexvital) March 4, 2019
— Debbie Parslow (@DizzieDebbs) March 4, 2019
— Amanda Burton (@Crimsonams) March 4, 2019
— Christy Fullington (@cfullington) March 4, 2019
Obviously most of us knew Perry from his days as Dylan McKay. But ever since graduating from the 90210 class he’s has had a constant stream of TV and film projects, including the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film and his latest gig as Archie Andrews’ father on Riverdale. His death really is cross-generational in that respect.
Given how many people he’s touched in Hollywood, reactions from that quarter are flooding in.
Beyond stunned and heartbroken. Sending love and strength to his family and loved ones. Lucky enough to have spent time with him. He was such a good one. Rest In Peace #LukePerry 💔❤️
— Scott Wolf (@scottwolf) March 4, 2019
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
— Lorenzo Lamas (@lorenzolamas) March 4, 2019
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 4, 2019
This is so so sad. Luke Perry has died at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy, his ex-wife, and his family and friends. Thinking of them all today.💔 #LukePerry pic.twitter.com/1vbzN6Xvst
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) March 4, 2019
I worked with him just once, on an episode of #PoundPuppies where our cartoon characters fell I love. We didn’t record together but it is still a career highlight for me. My Cookie loved Luke’s coyote character for REAL real. pic.twitter.com/C6dR4sTR3c
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 4, 2019
So far, no one from the 90210 or Riverdale squad (other than Molly Ringwald) have publicly commented on Perry’s death. But they were in his corner these last few days, sharing messages of hope.
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It’s too sad. Our thoughts go out to Perry’s family, as well as everyone he’s touched over the years. Life really is too short.