Luke Perry: Riverdale Star Dies at 52
US actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.
A representative for the actor released a statement on Monday afternoon.
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” the statement reads. “He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancee 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.”
Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry’s death, US media reported.
In a statement, Riverdale’s executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was “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.”
Perry was born on 11 October 1966, in Mansfield, Ohio, with the name Coy Luther Perry III.