'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Riverdale' star Luke Perry has been hospitalized following a 'massive' stroke on Wednesday morning.
It's been a bittersweet week for fans of the '90s drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Not too long ago, Fox announced the revival of the show 19 years after its last episode aired. When making the announcement, the president of entertainment for Fox, Michael Thorn said, "Beverly Hills, 90210 left an indelible impact on pop culture and an entire generation," reports Fox 47 News. His statement resonated with all those of us who've grown up alongside the characters on the show. However, our joy was shortlived because the very next day came devastating news about one of the actors who played a principal character on the drama series. Actor Luke Perry, who played Dylan McKay in 90210, is reportedly hospitalized after suffering a stroke on Wednesday, i.e, the same day as the reboot announcement.
According to TMZ, the 52-year-old suffered a massive stroke on the morning of February 28. Paramedics arrived at the actor's home in Sherman Oaks, California at around 9:40 am following a call that came into the fire department for someone suffering a stroke. Though he was apparently responsive and talking when they arrived at his home, his condition soon deteriorated. The medics transported Perry to a hospital nearby where he was put under observation. The tabloid briefly reported that the star had been placed in a medically induced coma, but the news was later dismissed by his representative. Luke is said to have been sedated instead.
Speaking to People about Perry's condition, his rep said, "Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital." As news of Luke's condition spread, his Beverly Hills, 90210 co-stars and several other celebrities took to social media to express their support for him. Sharing a throwback picture featuring himself and Perry on Instagram, 90210's Ian Ziering wrote, "No words can express what my heart feels hearing today's shocking news. Let us all say a prayer for his speedy recovery." Young Guns star Lou Diamond Phillips tweeted, "Terribly concerned for my old friend Luke Perry, currently hospitalized. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for strength. Please send some Love his way."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Kristy Swanson also urged her followers to pray for her co-star, tweeting, "I just heard the frightening news about my dear old friend Luke Perry having a massive stroke. Luke honey I am praying so hard for you right now, I love you so much, and by God’s Grace, you will get through this. Please pray for Luke. Please keep praying for Luke Perry. I am so worried about him. I know he is strong, I know he is a fighter & he will pull through this, but he still needs our prayers I love you buddy and we keep praying for you." Meanwhile, Shannen Doherty, who portrayed Brenda Walsh on the 90210, shared an old cast photo of the two with the caption, "My friend. Holding you tight and giving you my strength. You got this."
Among the other friends and colleagues who poured in their concern and support for Perry were Chad Lowe, Dean Cain, Molly Ringwald, and Willie Garson, who worked with Perry on John From Cincinnati. 90210 co-star Christine Elise also shared a throwback picture with Perry, writing, "Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to my old friend, #lukeperry. ❤️🌈🙏🏻🍀 You went out of your way to be kind to me during my first #beverlyhills90210 episode. I mention it any time I am asked what it was like on that set."
My deepest thoughts are with my brother #LukePerry. Strength, strength.— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) February 28, 2019
Praying hard for Luke Perry today. May he have a full and fast recovery. 🙏🏼— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 28, 2019
Sending prayers to my friend Luke Perry for a speedy recovery!— Chad Lowe (@ichadlowe) February 28, 2019
Sending my love to Luke Perry. ❤️— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) February 28, 2019
According to Entertainment Weekly, from the original cast of Beverly Hills, 90210, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling will return to star in the upcoming revival which will premiere this summer. Though Perry hasn't yet signed a contract, the producers are said to be more than happy to take him and Shannen Doherty on board the six-episode series if the stars are interested. Besides his most popular role as Dylan in 90210, Perry also makes guest appearances as Archie's dad on the CW's Riverdale.
Luke Perry is one of the sweetest and most chivalrous men I’ve ever had the pleasure to get I know. He was the first one to truly welcome me into the #Riverdale world and I’m sending him love and light for a speedy recovery. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/HueXt78ke9— Leanne Aguilera (@leanneaguilera) February 28, 2019
Perry has two children with his ex-wife Rachel Sharp, the Daily Mail reports. The former spouses were married for 10 years from 1993 to 2003. After his split with Sharp, he hasn't had any serious relationships that were made public. The actor had a cancer scare in 2015 when doctors discovered pre-cancerous cells in his colon. Perry had them removed and adapted his diet and lifestyle from thereon to reduce the dangers of it returning. Speaking about it at the time, the actor said that he had significantly reduced his red meat intake.
"I have significantly cut down on the amount of red meat I eat. I used to be a steak and potatoes kind of guy — now it's just for special occasions. I eat a lot more fish, natural grains and fiber," Perry said. Speaking to Radar Online, the star's neighbors also revealed that he had been complaining of "bad back problems" recently, which he'd gotten "surgically fixed." Apart from it, they say Perry was in good health and would often take his dogs out for a walk, as well as, performing "regular exercise routines." We wish a speedy recovery to the incredible actor and hope he bounces back in time to be a part of the iconic show's revival.