Publicist: Luke Perry hospitalized and ‘under observation’

Luke Perry
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‘‘Riverdale’’ and ‘‘Beverly Hills, 90210’’ star Luke Perry has been hospitalized, his publicist said Thursday.

Arnold Robinson told the Associated Press that the 52-year-old actor is ‘‘currently under observation’’ at the hospital.

TMZ reported that Perry had suffered a massive stroke.

Paramedics responded to a 911 call at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles and took a patient to a hospital, the city’s fire department said. Public records list the address as Perry’s.

No reason for the hospitalization or details on his condition were given.

Perry has played construction-company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on ‘‘Riverdale,’’ the CW series that gives a dark take on ‘‘Archie’’ comics, and has been slated for a fourth.


The CW declined to comment.

Born and raised in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Perry was tapped for heartthrob status along with Jason Priestley on ‘‘Beverly Hills 90210,’’ which ran from 1990 to 2000.

Perry has had roles in a handful of films, including ‘‘The Fifth Element,’’ “8 Seconds,’’ and ‘‘American Strays.’’ He appeared in HBO’s prison drama ‘‘Oz’’ and voiced cartoons like ‘‘The Incredible Hulk’’ and ‘‘Mortal Kombat.’’

The same day he was hospitalized, Fox TV announced that it would be running a six-episode return of ‘‘90210’’ that features most of the original cast, but Perry was not among those announced.