March 4, 2019 -- Luke Perry, best known for his role as Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills 90210, has died after having a “massive stroke,” according to a statement from his representative. He was 52.
Perry died surrounded by his two children, Jack and Sophie, his parents, his sister, and his fiancé, along with close 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 statement from publicist Arnold Robinson said.
Perry was hospitalized last week after collapsing at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. Symptoms of stroke, which is caused by either a blood clot or bleeding in the brain, can come on quickly. They include sudden numbness, tingling, weakness or loss of movement in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Vision changes and difficulty speaking are common, as are confusion and problems with balance. Brain damage can begin within minutes of a stroke's start, which is one reason that acting quickly to treat a stroke is so important.
Doctors developed the acronym FAST, in fact, to help people recognize symptoms of stroke and get help quickly. FAST stands for:
- Face drooping.
- Arm weakness.
- Speech difficulty.
- Time to call 911.
Perry was young to have had a stroke -- the majority of strokes occur in people over the age of 65, although up to 10% of all strokes in the United States happen to people under 45. Among younger stroke patients, risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and cigarette smoking can contribute to strokes.
In 2015, Perry went public with news that precancerous growths had been found in his colon. He said he had changed his diet to cut down on red meat, switching to more fish, grains, and fiber. He urged others to get screened, as he had.
Before his iconic role on Beverly Hills 90210, Perry appeared on the soap operas Loving and Another World.
He most recently appeared as Archie’s father on the teen drama Riverdale.