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Luke Perry, the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" heartthrob and current star of "Riverdale," has died after suffering a stroke last week. He was 52.

Perry was hospitalized last Wednesday after a massive stroke, but never recovered.

The actor, born Coy Luther Perry III, began acting when he was 16. He started out in soap operas before becoming a household name on "90210" as the brooding bad boy Dylan McKay.

The show became a pop culture phenomenon, thanks in part to the simmering love triangle featuring Perry, Shannen Doherty, and Jennie Garth.

Coincidentally, Perry suffered the stroke just a day after Fox announced plans for a "90210" revival series featuring six original stars (Perry was not among them).

More recently, Perry was on The CW's "Riverdale" as Fred Andrews, father of Archie Andrews.

He'll also appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" as Wayne Maunder, the real-life star of the CBS Western “Lancer.”

Perry is survived by daughter Sophie and son Jack, a professional wrestler who goes by the ring name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy.