Luke Perry – best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale – has died after suffering a massive stroke on Feb. 27. He was 52. The news was confirmed by his rep Arnold Robinson, who said he passed away surrounded by family and friends at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank.
The statement read: "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. 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."
Many celebrities took to social media to express their shock over his passing, and to share best wishes with his family, including some co-stars. Ian Ziering, who worked with Luke on 90210, shared an emotional post about their friendship.
Dearest Luke,— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) March 4, 2019
I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. 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.
While Katie Couric passed along her support to Luke's family.
This is so so sad. Luke Perry has died at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy, his ex-wife, and his family and friends. Thinking of them all today. #LukePerrypic.twitter.com/1vbzN6Xvst— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) March 4, 2019
Joss Whedon, who directed the star in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, recounted his first meeting with the late actor.
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2019
Many others shared personal anecdotes about meeting the actor, or discussed the impact he had on their lives.
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
Super sad to hear the news about actor Luke Perry. Interviewed him several times, always such a lovely gentleman. Great guy. God bless him and his family. pic.twitter.com/YZq59joDK3— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) March 4, 2019
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
When I was lucky enough to work with Luke Perry I told him about the pillow of his face I used to sleep with and he yelled "You are such a weirdo!" at me and it was the best. Sending love to his friends and family.— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry, at just 52 years of age, following a massive stroke.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 4, 2019
What sad, shocking news. pic.twitter.com/I5gN5Vkvv5
Luke Perry — Janel Parrish (@JanelParrish) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry - Irreplaceable beautiful and kind human being, incredible friend, generous actor and adoring father to Jack and Sophie and loving partner to Madison we are all heartbroken. You are the love and you are the light. pic.twitter.com/X3ycTvmXsb— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 4, 2019
My mom loved #LukePerry We all did. He lived at our house when he got cast in 90210 - He was a real farm kid. He could fix anything. Had a pet mini pig before anyone did. This is a picture of us at Alexis Bday Kareoke Party. He got me on #BuffyTheVampireSlayer Thank you brother pic.twitter.com/aVOcY06gNQ— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) March 5, 2019
Luke Perry... you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was my 1st crush. Eh, more like obsession (I wore pins w his face on them to school ) I used to dream of making it to LA just to meet him. I never got to, but I've always heard he was a really great person. Praying for his family & kids.... Rest in love ❤️❤️❤️❤️— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) March 4, 2019
L.P.— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) March 4, 2019
your giant heart,
enchanted so many
with brilliant aplomb.
R.I.P good sir.
to have known you
all of these years.
Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind. Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 4, 2019