Luke Perry, of “Beverly Hills, 90210" fame, dies after massive stroke
US actor Luke Perry , known for his role as Dylan McKay in the iconic television series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday after suffering a massive stroke last week, his agent, Arnold Robinson, reported. He was 52.
The actor, who appeared in films such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “8 Seconds” and “The Fifth Element,” died at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California, surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie and other close family members.
“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,” said Robinson in a statement.
An emergency team arrived at the actor’s residence in Sherman Oaks, California, last Wednesday morning and took the actor to a nearby hospital, according to the TMZ Web page.
Perry, who has a role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the latest film by director Quentin Tarantino, was currently starring on the CW series “Riverdale.”
He was hospitalized on the same day it was announced that “Beverly Hills, 90210" would return to TV with a new focus and with several members of the original cast, including Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling .
Perry, who starred on the series for 10 seasons, was not announced as being among the group of original actors who would be in the rejuvenated series.
According to TMZ, Perry had agreed to appear in the series as an invited guest, but he would not have a larger role because of his commitments to “Riverdale.”
In a past interview, Perry had said that he expected to be linked to his Dylan McKay character until the day he died.
The series was one of the most popular on TV during the 1990s and was an enormous international success, especially among young people.
The new incarnation of the series will be titled simply “90210,” which is the Zip Code for Beverly Hills, the exclusive and very wealthy city west of Los Angeles.
In “90210,” the actors will not play their characters in the fictional series but rather will play themselves trying to move forward with a new version of the original series.
According to the official description of the new series: “The core cast will all play heightened versions of themselves in a brand-new serialized drama - with a healthy dose of irreverence - that is inspired by their real lives and relationships.”
“90210" will be limited to six episodes.
The original series, which aired almost 300 episodes, ran from 1990-2000 and resulted in several spinoffs including “Melrose Place,” which ran from 1992-1999.