A star on one of the most popular TV shows of the 1990s has died.
American actor Luke Perry died Monday in Burbank, Calif., after suffering a massive stroke last Wednesday. The 52-year-old heartthrob was best known for his role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. He also played Fred Andrews on the hit TV show Riverdale.
A rep for the actor told Yahoo that Perry 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 is asking for privacy at this time.
Perry’s sudden death was met with shock by many online, who responded to the news with heartfelt words of condolences. One of the most-liked tributes came from fellow actor Colin Hanks, who shared a story of the two on a plane trip to Mexico. According to Hanks, Perry came to the rescue with a balloon when two young brothers wouldn’t stop disrupting other passengers.
“Guy seemed like a true gent,” Hanks wrote. “Gone way too soon.”
Others agreed with Hanks and expressed their sorrow over the loss of the Ohio native on social media.
To young to pass, so much life ahead of him, Condolences to the family
— Maureen Elder (@ElderMaureen) March 4, 2019
We remember Luke Perry as the kind, humorous, and insightful talent who brightened our events over the past 27 years.
— Paley Center (@paleycenter) March 4, 2019
OMG I am heartbroken, cry my eyes out. I can't believe it. From get go I have followed his career, even did a project in him at school. 😢😢😢😢😢😢
RIP 💔 https://t.co/tC5Cbg4Gr8
— Claire Spalding (@cspalding2001) March 4, 2019
Heartbroken over Luke Perry. Never met him but the 90210 kids graduated from high school when I did and went to college when I did. He felt like somebody I went to school with. That’s what storytelling does … it makes you feel connected. Rest in power, Dylan. 💔 #RIPLukePerry
— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) March 4, 2019
— GRAHAM ELLIOT (@grahamelliot) March 4, 2019
Several famous stars in the entertainment world also shared their thoughts on Perry, who started his television career at the age of 16.
Crushed. Luke Perry was truly a great guy. Warm, kind, generous and hard working. We met very young, I witnessed the grace with which he became a pop icon & parent. He’s been an awesome example of how to stay decent in a swirl of crazy. Love to his family❤️ https://t.co/bGlTX8mNbB
— Seth Green (@SethGreen) March 4, 2019
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) March 4, 2019
Condolences to the family of Luke Perry. 😞
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 4, 2019
Perry played memorable roles on the big and small screens since making his TV debut in 1982, including appearances on The Incredible Hulk, Spin City, Pepper Ann, Oz, Jeremiah, Will & Grace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, Pound Puppies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds, The Fifth Element and many others.
Perry was nominated for two TV Land Awards, a Kids’ Choice Award and People’s Choice Award over a period of 16 years, according to the online database IMDB.