Luke Perry, the actor who defined the teen drama bad-boy archetype as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, has died. He was 52.

The Hollywood Reporter states Perry died in hospital, where he had been under observation after a suffering a massive stroke on February 27.

He surrounded by his children and close family.

Perry is perhaps best known for his turn on Beverly Hills, 90210, which became an era-defining show and the inspiration for countless other teen-focussed dramas to follow.

His stint as Dylan also saw the actor plastered on magazine covers as a bona fide heart-throb.

After the show came to an end in 2000, Perry went on to feature in a number of series, including Oz, Jeremiah, and Body Of Proof.

In 2016, Perry also secured a major Riverdale role as Fred Andrews, father of protagonist Archie.

Friends and colleagues of the actor have shared their condolences with his family and warm memories of their time together.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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