Beloved TV Star Dead At Age 52

Nora T.

Luke Perry may have played Dylan McKay on the hit series “Beverly Hills 90210” (If you don’t know what that show is, which you probably don’t, ask your parents.), but tweens and teens know him as Fred Andrews in “Riverdale”.  This Monday, March 4th, 2019, he died of a stroke at age 52. The executive producers of “Riverdale” made the following statement to CNN:

“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, 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 the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”

Of course, “Riverdale”’s cast and crew were not the only ones heartbroken by Perry’s death.  Old cast members of “Beverly Hills 90210” have remembered their co-star mournfully for the past two days.  Ian Ziering, who played Steve Sanders in the show, tweeted yesterday,

“Dearest Luke,
I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the  magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”

Concerning his death, Perry’s publicist told CNN:

“He 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. 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,”

Fans’ deepest condolences rest with Perry’s family at this time, as they look back on his iconic roles.