Perry had suffered a massive stroke, his rep Arnold Robinson confirmed. “He 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,” said Robinson. “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.”
News of Perry’s hospitalization coincided with the announcement that Fox would be reviving Beverly Hills, 90210, in which Perry played Dylan McKay during the original show’s run through the 1990s. The upcoming series sees six original stars returning to play heightened versions of themselves; however, Perry is not involved in the project.
Perry also did not appear in The CW’s 90210 reboot, which featured original stars Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling, when it launched in 2008.
“I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine,” the actor once said about the career-defining role.
The 52-year-old actor currently stars on The CW’s comic book adaptation Riverdale, which films in Vancouver.
Perry, born Coy Luther Perry III in Mansfield, Ohio Perry had initially auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders (played by Ian Ziering) before being cast as Dylan McKay, the resident bad boy of the zip code in 90210.
The brooding millionaire’s son would go on to romance Brenda Walsh (played by Shannen Doherty) and Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) in the Fox teen drama, resulting in two defining TV couples of the ’90s.
Perry got his acting start on daytime soap operas before 90210 launched him into teen idol fame. He made a marked turn to play Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier on HBO’s prison drama Oz and appeared on hit TV shows Will & Grace and What I Like About You after landing 90210. After 90210 ended its run, Perry’s most substantial TV role came with ABC’s Body of Proof in 2012.