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Luke Perry dead at 52 after massive stroke

Luke Perry
Actor Luke Perry, who gained fame as a teen heartthrob on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and became a fan-favorite TV dad with his starring role on the hit series "Riverdale," has died at age 52 after suffering a massive stroke.

"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," Perry's publicist Arnold Robinson told Fox News Monday. "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."

Robinson said no further details were being released at this time.

Last week, Perry was admitted to a hospital for "observation." At the time, his rep did not confirm reports that he had suffered a stroke. According to TMZ, paramedics responded to a call at the star's home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday. The call came into the fire department for someone suffering a stroke, the gossip site reported.

Though best known for his role as Dylan on the hit series from 1990 through 2000, Perry had steady work ever since.

His most recent role was on the hit high school-based series "Riverdale" as Archie's father, Fred Andrews, for three seasons of the CW series. A fourth season has been announced but it remains unclear how the series will handle Perry's death.

Perry had roles in many films including "The Fifth Element," "8 Seconds" and "American Strays." He also appeared in HBO's hit "Oz" and lent his voice to cartoons like "The Incredible Hulk" and "Mortal Kombat."