Perry’s publicist released a statement after the news broke:
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steven 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.”
While Perry’s family mourns their loss privately, those that knew Perry in the Hollywood showbusiness community have taken to social media to express their grief.
Here are some of those their comments.
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2019
Joss Whedon created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wrote the script for the original film, in which Perry played Pike.
Crushed. Luke Perry was truly a great guy. Warm, kind, generous and hard working. We met very young, I witnessed the grace with which he became a pop icon & parent. He’s been an awesome example of how to stay decent in a swirl of crazy. Love to his family❤️ https://t.co/bGlTX8mNbB— Seth Green (@SethGreen) March 4, 2019
My friend Luke Perry has left us. I will miss you.
We are all here for such a short time. We need to love each other and have compassion. That is all. And that’s all it’s ever been.— Steven Weber (@TheStevenWeber) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry, you were such a good man. Damn. Love to his loved ones.— donal logue (@donallogue) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was my first real crush. I wrote him fan letters. I had posters of him. He was IT. He was my teenage dream. His passing at the age of 52 is truly devastating. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.— Ingrid Michaelson (@ingridmusic) March 4, 2019
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
Molly Ringwald and Perry co-starred in The CW's Riverdale as Archie Andrews's parents.
Luke Perry was grounded and sweet. He told the best stories and set a great example of how an actor can handle success and fame with grace and humility. R.I.P., Luke.— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) March 4, 2019
Dearest Luke,— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) March 4, 2019
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.
Ian Ziering was one of Perry co-stars on Beverly Hills, 90210.
Luke Perry dead at 52? Oh man, that's so wrong and so sad. Condolences to family, friends, and fans all over this round world. :-(— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2019
Met Luke Perry in Vancouver on the set of my first ep of The Flash. He was shooting @CW_Riverdale and stopped by to say hi. Dude was incredibly sweet and as friendly as he was charming. Sad loss of a good guy from Ohio. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans. #Dylan https://t.co/8IRQA0neU7— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 4, 2019