Did Luke Perry from ‘Riverdale’ and ‘90210’ Suffer a Stroke?

As news broke about a 90210 reboot, Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale star Luke Perry was fighting for his life. Perry suffered “a massive stroke Wednesday, and is currently hospitalized,” according to TMZ.

At the time, only a few details were available about what occurred. Paramedics arrived at Perry’s home in Sherman Oaks shortly before 10 am, according to local station, Fox 10. He was reportedly transported to a nearby hospital where his current condition was unknown at the time.

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Twitter was flooded with well wishes for the enduring star. “Praying for Luke Perry’s fast recovery,” one person wrote. Others seemed to be in disbelief that the seemingly healthy 52-year-old was struck down.

This isn’t his first health scare

In 2017, Perry said a routine colonoscopy revealed pre-cancerous polyps. Thankfully, the procedure allowed doctors to remove the growths. But Perry told Fox News, “Right now, there are 23 million Americans who haven’t been screened who need to be screened,” he said. “If I had waited, it could have been a whole different scenario.”

Perry decided to go public with the scare because of how common, but curable the cancer is if caught early. “When I heard that this was the most detectable cancer that we know of yet it’s the second most lethal, I just couldn’t figure out why that was and I wanted to get out there and tell people about it,” he said.

After having a close call, Perry decided to change his lifestyle and eat healthier. “I have significantly cut down on the amount of red meat I eat,” Perry said. He adds he used to be a “steak and potatoes kind of guy — now it’s just for special occasions. I eat a lot more fish, natural grains and fiber.”

These are the signs of a stroke

Perry seems to be very in tune with his health. So hopefully he recognized the signs of stroke and acted fast. Some overt signs include limb numbness, difficulty speaking, facial drooping, and vision trouble, according to Healthline.

People can experience three types of stroke. An ischemic stroke is a blockage in the artery. If a blood vessel ruptures, it would be a hemorrhagic stroke. A ministroke is a temporary artery blockage, which does not leave permanent damage.

Acting fast is one of the most important ways to reduce stroke damage. Healthline asserts that certain medication can prevent disability or death from stroke if given within three to four and a half hours of symptoms. Also, people have up to 24-hours to receive treatment with a mechanical clot removal, according to AHA and ASA guidelines.

Perry recently changed his lifestyle

Perry recently changed lifestyle, which is one way to reduce stroke damage. Consuming more vegetables, beans, nuts, and seafood instead of red meat is ideal, Healthline reports.

Also, reducing sodium, fat, sugar and refined grain intake is vital as well. Boost exercise, quit smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation is important. If you have high blood pressure, make sure you take your medication as prescribed.

But ultimately Perry died

Reports were vague the last week about Perry’s condition. TMZ reported that the actor remained sedated. Doctors hoped this was his best chance at recovery.

Sadly damage from the stroke was too extensive. Perry died Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. TMZ reports that Perry passed while “surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiance 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.”

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Social media tributes are already flooding Twitter and Instagram. Including a beautiful tweet by actor Charlie Sheen. Other celebrities tweeting about Perry include actor Jon Cryer, Katie Couric, and Ryan Seacrest. The cast of Riverdale and 90210 are still silent, no doubt trying to grapple with this significant loss.

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