Luke Perry died surrounded by his family and loves ones on Monday, March 4, in a California hospital, less than one week after suffering a massive stroke at age 52. Now, his heartbroken co-stars, pals and fans have taken to social media to voice their sadness over his death, and to honor his legacy. As fans know, the star was better known for his roles in hit shows Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale.
Following his health crisis, a neighbor of the late actor exclusively told RadarOnline.com that Perry led a healthy life, though in the years leading up to his passing he underwent surgery for back problems and had a minor cancer scare. It is unknown what caused his stroke, but his rep told reporters that doctors had to sedate him as soon as he was hospitalized on February 27. They hoped his brain would recover from the trauma caused by the sudden stroke, but it seems the damage was too severe, and his body shut down.
"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 could hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show's young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thought are with Luke's family during this most difficult time," Riverdale's executive producers shared in a statement.
Click through Radar's gallery to see the latest celebrity reactions to Perry's heartbreaking death.
"Dearest Luke, 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," tweeted Perry's former Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Ian Ziering after hearing of his untimely death.
"My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry," tweeted Molly Ringwald.
"Love you Luke," wrote Mädchen Amick alongside a black-and-white photo of her with Perry.
"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," tweeted Maria Shriver.
"RIP Luke Perry .. big love to his friends and family," wrote Kirstie Alley along with a heart, a sad face and a praying hands emoji.
"So shocking so young! RIP sweet Luke. My love goes out to your family and friends," wrote Marlee Matlin.
"52 - too young," tweeted Rosie O'Donnell.
"#Nowords we are all so fragile & every day is a gift... we are sending love to his family & friends," tweeted Angie Harmon.
"Rest In Peace, Luke. Our thoughts are with you and everyone who loved you," wrote Bradley Whitford.
"Oh my. Luke Perry. A sweet gentleman. Lovely sense of humor. My heart goes out to his family. #RIPLukePerry" tweeted Valerie Bertinelli.
"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," wrote Patricia Arquette. Roseanna Arquette added, "Dear Luke ..love love and my heart is so sad I'm sending love to your family and Alexis is waiting for you ,you will laugh and dance God bless you."
"I'm heartbroken to hear Luke Perry passed away. Sending love to his family and friends. R.I.P." tweeted Alyson Hannigan.
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