Luke Perry’s stroke last week has led to his death today (1966-2019). While celebrities die, Perry’s death from a massive stroke at the very young age of 52 has people taking notice.
On Fox News, Dr. Siegal reminds us that 142,000 people die from stroke every year. Over a million people have strokes every year. And it is the number one reason for long term disability. The cause of a stroke is basic. A blood vessel closes. Unfortunately, there are few ways to determine if, or when, this will happen.
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Indications of a stroke include visual changes, numbness, and confusion. All symptoms easy to ignore.
Dr. Siegal reminds us that there are things we can do to avoid strokes. By managing high blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. Controlling diabetes, one of the largest risk factors. All are easy to check. However, they are just some of the reasons for stroke.
Perry was taken to the hospital on February 27. The actor remained “under observation” for five days before dying today.
Perry’s representative says:
“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 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 requests privacy in this time of great mourning.”
Luke Perry Career
Perry came to fame starring as the handsome teen bad-boy in the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. The episodic television show also featured Shannon Dougherty, Tori Spelling and Jason Priestly. More recently Perry starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale. The actor’s film credits also include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element. He maintained a busy career including appearances on Goodnight for Justice, Will & Grace and Spin City.
Perry has had roles in a handful of films, including ”8 Seconds” and “American Strays.” Perry also appeared inn HBO’s prison drama “Oz” and voiced cartoons, including “The Incredible Hulk” and “Mortal Kombat.”
In more recent years he starred in the series “Ties That Bind” and “Body of Proof.”
Perry was not onboard for an upcoming 90210 reboot. The actor will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” later in 2019.
Perry, who was born Coy Luther Perry III, was born on Oct. 11, 1966, in Ohio. Perry was married to Rachel Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003. The couple had two children, Jack (born June 15, 1997) and Sophie (born June 7, 2000). Perry became an advocate for testing for colon cancer after undergoing a colonoscopy in 2015 that revealed precancerous growth