Luke Perry, star of '90210' and 'Riverdale,' dead at 52

By 1010 WINS

LOS ANGELES (1010 WINS) -- "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum and "Riverdale" star Luke Perry died Monday after suffering a stroke, according to the actor's publicist. He was 52.

Perry passed away Monday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, TMZ reported.

Perry's rep, Arnold Robinson, said in a statement to 1010 WINS, "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."

The executive producers of "Riverdale," said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. 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."

In the statement, Perry was also described as a "father figure and mentor to show's young cast.

Born and raised in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Perry was tapped for heartthrob status along with Jason Priestley on ``Beverly Hills 90210,'' which ran from 1990 to 2000.

He currently had been starring in the CW hit Riverdale as Archie Andrews' dad Fred Andrews. Perry has had roles in a handful of films, including ``The Fifth Element,'' ``8 Seconds'' and ``American Strays.'' He appeared in HBO's prison drama ``Oz'' and voiced cartoons like ``The Incredible Hulk'' and ``Mortal Kombat.'' In recent years he starred in the series ``Ties That Bind'' and ``Body of Proof.''