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The longtime beloved actor who won hearts with starring roles in shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, Luke Perry, was hospitalized after a stroke on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019. A rep for the actor said he was still under doctor’s observation at the time.
Former co-stars and actors took to social media to share their prayers for his recovery in the hours that followed. Shannen Doherty and Ian Ziering were two who uploaded photos of some of their favorite memories with Perry.
Just five days after his stroke, Perry has passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California – TMZ reports.
Perry’s rep, Arnold Robinson, told the publication that Perry was surrounded by his children, fiance, ex-wife, mother, step-father, siblings, and many other family members at the time.
TMZ says that doctors had been working to help his body recover from the stroke and had hoped his brain had a good chance to heal itself, but it turned out that the damage was too extensive.
Now, his daughter, Sophie has spoken out after the family’s tragedy and explained that she simply is at a loss for words right now – and extended her heartfelt gratitude for the immense amount of support from everyone across the globe.
“A lot has happened in this past week for me. Everything is happening so fast. I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family, And in the past 24 hours I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support,” Sophie wrote on her Instagram.
Alongside a cute photo of her and her father on a farm next to a horse pasture, she continued on, saying “I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I.”
“I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.”
52-year-old Perry led a long career in acting with many notable roles including his best-known as Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210 alongside Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, and Jennie Garth.
Beyond just primetime television series, Perry also starred in some big movies and even took on the role of professional bull rider Lane Frost in the biopic of his life 8 Seconds.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Luke Perry’s family, friends, co-stars, and fans during this very difficult time.
Watch the Inside Edition report of Perry and his daughter’s final hug below.