The man who was a first celebrity crush for thousands of girls has died, his publicist confirmed today

Luke Perry, who played heartthrob Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 during its original run reportedly suffered a “massive stroke” last week, and never recovered. 

According to a statement released Monday by Perry’s rep, Arnold Robinson: “Perry 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.”

Most recently, Perry had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale. While 90210 is slated for an upcoming reboot featuring much of the original cast, Perry had reportedly not signed on for the project.

Reactions to the actor’s death started pouring in as news broke across social media: 

 

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