How Did Luke Perry Die?

RIP to a legend.

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Luke Perry, the actor who played heartthrob Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, has died, and fans all over the country are mourning. The actor passed away this morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California, surrounded by his children, fiancé, ex-wife, mother, stepfather, brother, and other close friends and family.

But how did Luke Perry die? Just last week, the actor was rushed to the hospital following a stroke in his home.


Perry’s rep said the doctors sedated him in hopes to give his brain a chance to recover from the trauma. However, the damage from the massive stroke was too extensive.

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His rep released a statement following his passing:


“[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 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.”

Perry was just 52 years old.

Aside from his role on 90210, Perry had also starred in the shows Oz, Jeremiah, Windfall, and was recently starring in Riverdale, playing Archie Andrews’ father. He also recently filmed a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which focuses on Charles Manson.

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After 90210, Perry rose to fame, and just recently, a 90210 reboot was announced. Though a majority of the cast had signed on, including Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, Perry and Shannen Doherty had yet to confirm if they would be be regulars in the series. According to sources, Perry’s role on Riverdale made it impossible for him to commit to a full-time role.

Following reports that he was hospitalized last week, former castmate Shannen Doherty posted on Instagram, remaining hopeful that he would recover.



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She even told Us Weekly that the two were extremely close and maintained a friendship over the years, saying, “I will not talk about how he’s doing because it’s between the two of us, but I love him. He’s going to be great.”


After his reps announced Perry had been hospitalized, Ian Ziering posted a touching post on Instagram, captioning it: “No words can express what my heart feels hearing today's shocking news. Let us all say a prayer for his speedy recovery.”

Unfortunately, Perry was unable to recover from the stroke and passed away just four days after being taken to the hospital. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, castmates, and co-stars.


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Samantha Maffucci is an associate editor for YourTango who focuses on writing trending news and entertainment pieces. In her free time, you can find her obsessing about cats, wine, and all things Vanderpump Rules.