Luke Perry of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ Is Hospitalized After Suffering a Stroke
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- Luke Perry, 52, suffered a stroke on Wednesday.
- He is currently under observation at a California hospital.
- The actor played Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 in the ’90s and currently stars on Riverdale.
The 52-year-old’s current condition is unknown right now, but emergency personnel responded to a call at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, yesterday morning around 9:40 a.m., TMZ states.
A rep for the actor confirmed to People that Perry is currently under observation at the hospital.
Perry became a teen idol playing the brooding bad boy Dylan McKay on the Fox drama between 1990 and 2000 before going on to star in movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 8 Seconds. He recently introduced himself to a new generation of teens by starring as Archie’s father Fred Andrews on the popular CW series Riverdale.
The actor was married to Rachel Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003. The former couple had two children — Jack, 21, and Sophie, 18 — together.
Strokes occur when a blocked artery or leaking blood vessel interrupt blood flow to the brain, according to Mayo Clinic. After emergency care, recovery typically involves rehabilitating any function lost due to brain tissue damage, including changes to speech, movement, and sensation. The risk of stroke increases with age, but about a third of people hospitalized for strokes are less than 65 years old, the Centers for Disease Control states.
Coincidentally, Fox announced a reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210 yesterday. “‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ left an indelible impact on pop culture and an entire generation,” Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox, told Variety. “Its powerful legacy is an important part of our network’s DNA – bold stories not told anywhere else and bigger-than-life-characters – and we’re honored to bring back the beloved original cast members for ‘90210.’”
The network confirmed that former stars Jennie Garth (Kelly), Ian Ziering (Steve), Jason Priestly (Brandon), Brian Austin Green (David), Tori Spelling (Donna), and Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea) would all appear as older versions of themselves, but did not mention whether Perry would return as well.