Luke Perry Dead at 52: Look Back at His Life in Pictures

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star passed away just days after suffering a stroke.

By Samantha Schnurr Mar 04, 2019 9:00 PMTags
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Pop culture hearts are breaking around the world today following the passing of Luke Perry

The actor of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale fame died on Monday morning, days after reportedly suffering a stroke, E! News has confirmed. 

The 52-year-old star was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather 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," his rep told E! News in a statement. "No further details will be released at this time."

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Social media messages of love and sadness poured in on the heels of the devastating news, particularly from his famed co-stars of years past. 

"Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years," longtime co-star Ian Ziering wrote on Instagram. "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. God please give him a seat close to to you, he deserves it."

"With the heaviest of hearts, I am stunned and devastated to tell you that Luke passed away," fellow Beverly Hills, 90210 star Christine Elise McCarthy wrote online. "I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. RIP, dearie Luke. Your time here was far too short."

Cut too short, but incredibly full. Take a look back at the star's special life in E!'s gallery below:

Starting Out

After countless auditions, the Ohio native landed his first role as Ned Bates on the soap opera Loving in the late '80s. 

A Big Break

After a few years of soap opera work, Perry landed the role of a lifetime as resident rebel Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. The show lasted for 10 seasons and became a cult classic. 

National Heartthrob

The success of the show turned Perry and his castmates into breakout stars and helped them amass significant fan followings. 

Wedding Bells

On the personal front, he wed Minnie Sharp in 1993 and the two calling it quits in 2003. At the time of his death, he was engaged to Wendy Madison Bauer

Family Man

Perry became a dad times two during his marriage to Sharp, first to son Jack in 1997 and then to daughter Sophie in 2000. 

TV Star

Perry landed a variety of roles on TV shows in his years after 90210, from Oz and Jeremiah to John from Cincinnati. In 2017, he was cast in The CW's new show, Riverdale

 

His Final Act

He appeared on Riverdale as Fred Andrews for three seasons of the show. At the time of his passing, he had also been cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Scott Lancer. 

A Sudden Farewell

In 2015, he faced a colorectal cancer scare after a colonoscopy revealed precancerous growths. Just days after reportedly suffering a stroke in March 2019, Perry passed away surrounded by his loved ones.