A great loss. Several members of the Riverdale cast paid tribute to the late Luke Perry, who died days after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.
The official Twitter account for the writers of Riverdale wrote: “Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale.”
Us Weekly confirmed that Perry was rushed to the hospital via ambulance on Wednesday, February 27, after he had a stoke at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. It was initially thought that the Oz alum was placed in a medically induced coma to help his brain heal, but his rep told Us that the reports were “not true.” The rep noted at the time: “Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital.”
Five days later, the Ohio native succumbed to the medical emergency passed away in the hospital. His rep told Variety in a statement: “[Perry] was surrounded by his children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife [Rachel] “Minnie” Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends.”
“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,” the statement continued. “No further details will be released at this time.”
One day prior to his death, Shannen Doherty, who played Perry’s love interest on Beverly Hills, 90210, told Us she was hopeful that her former costar would recover fully.
“I will not talk about how he’s doing because it’s between the two of us, but I love him,” she said through tears. “He’s going to be great.”
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