Last Wednesday, actor Luke Perry shockingly suffered a massive stroke. Fans who worshipped him for years on “Beverly Hills 90210” and more recently on “Riverdale” had hoped that he would pull through. Sadly, that wasn’t the case and we have some tragic news to report today.
According to Variety, Perry passed away earlier today. He was 52 years old. After suffering that stroke on Wednesday, he was not able to recover. That same day, a return of the “Beverly Hills 90210” series had been announced, though Perry was not officially signed to come back. His co-stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling were, however, so it was thought that perhaps he would at least make an appearance.
Most recently, Perry had scored a regular role playing the father of the lead on the CW series “Riverdale.” Appealing to a whole new generation, it had marked a potential next stage in his career, playing off of his iconic teenage turn on “90210.”
Perry’s final performance will be seen in one of 2019’s biggest films. He’ll next be seen posthumously in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Perry played real-life actor Wayne Maunder, the star of the CBS Western television program “Lancer.” How he factors into the main plot is unclear, but all eyes will be on his performance, as a goodbye of sorts. Tarantino’s latest was already going to be a must see cinematic event, so this just adds to that must see factor.
Perry will go down in history as one of the great television heartthrobs. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace.