LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - Actor Luke Perry, best known for roles on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale,” died after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said.
He was 52.
Publicist Arnold Robinson said that Perry passed away Monday surrounded by his family and friends. Among them were his children, siblings, fiancée and former wife.
The publicist added that Perry’s family appreciates the support and prayers that were offered since Perry was hospitalized on Wednesday.
Perry has played construction construction-company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on “Riverdale,” the CW series that gives a dark take on “Archie” comics, and has been slated for a fourth.
Born and raised in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Perry was tapped for heartthrob status along with Jason Priestley on “Beverly Hills 90210,” which ran from 1990 to 2000.
Perry has had roles in a handful of films, including “The Fifth Element,” ″8 Seconds” and “American Strays.” He appeared in HBO’s prison drama “Oz” and voiced cartoons like “The Incredible Hulk” and “Mortal Kombat.” In recent years he starred in the series “Ties That Bind” and “Body of Proof.”
The same day he was hospitalized, FOX TV announced that it would be running a six-episode return of “90210” that features most of the original cast, but Perry was not among those announced.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.