Beverly Hills actor Luke Perry dies at 52; suffered massive stroke
New Delhi : American Actor Luke Perry who became icon for his performance in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale dies at the age of 52. He passed away on March 4 leaving behind his immortal name and fame in the Hollywood world.
Perry had been hospitalized last week after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles.
The heartthrob died surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, his fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer and ex-wife Minnie Sharp, his parents, siblings and other close family and friends, his agent Arnold Robinson told AFP. “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,” Robinson added, in a statement.
Perry auditioned for 256 acting jobs in New York before getting his first break. After appearing in the music video "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" for the band Twisted Sister alongside Alice Cooper. His sudden death has triggered grief from friends and former co-stars. Tributes came flooding in following news of the actor.
“Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many. He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog,” said Gabrielle Carteris, who played Andrea Zuckerman in 90210.
She said she was “absolutely heartbroken” at the loss.
The son of a steelworker from Ohio, Perry got his big break playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills in 1990, a role that made him a global household name.
“I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine,” Perry was once quoted as saying of the career-defining role.