The actor who was apparently hospitalized a few days back, suffered a massive stroke on the 4th of March. He was hospitalized just a day after Fox announced it was doing a 90210 reboot that will star all of the original cast except Shannon Doherty and Perry himself. His publicist, Arnold Robinson stated:
“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 actor was born Coy Luther Perry III in Mansfield, Ohio, and was raised in Fredericktown, then moved to LA soon after graduating high school wanting to be an actor. He worked a series of jobs before his big break came when he got an appearance as Ned Bates on the soap opera “Loving” and had to move to New York City. Also, the same year he got another role as Kenny in “Another World”, another soap opera.
Perry later stated in an interview it actually took him 256 auditions before getting his first gig. But the role of Dylan McKay on Fox’s “Beverly Hills 90210” in 1990 made him stand out, plus the series became extremely popular. He played the role until Season 6, from 1990 to 1995, then sought to break away from the character, to return in Season 9, from 1998 until the show’s end in 2000. Fox Entertainment said in a statement:
“Luke will always be part of the Fox family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this extremely difficult time. He will be deeply missed.”
He had two children, Sophie and Jack, with his ex-wife, actress Rachel “Minnie” Sharp who he married in 1993 and divorced ten years later.