Fans of Riverdale and Beverly Hills 90210 are mourning the loss of actor Luke Perry today, who died age 52, according to People. Perry experienced a "massive" stroke last week, which required him to stay at the hospital "under observation," TMZ reports.
Unfortunately, the damage was too severe and Perry passed away on Monday. No other details are available at this time.
"Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all," the studio and producers behind Riverdale said in a statement to CNN. "A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time."
A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off.
That might happen because of a blood clot or because there's bleeding elsewhere in the brain, preventing that blood from getting where it needs to go, SELF explained previously. A stroke can come with symptoms such as having difficulty talking or understanding others' speech, paralysis in your limbs or face, difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes (blurriness, double vision, blackened vision), a sudden and severe headache, and trouble with coordination, such as walking.
If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke, the Mayo Clinic says you can give them the FAST test:
- Face: Monitor the person's face for signs of drooping by asking them to smile.
- Arms: See if the person's arms behave the same way. Ask them to raise both of their arms and see if they both rise or if one tilts downward.
- Speech: Check if the person's speech is slurred by asking them to repeat a simple phrase back to you.
- Time: Know that it's important to act quickly and call 911 immediately if you notice any of these signs of a stroke.
Sometimes, a stroke can be treated with blood clot-busting and blood thinning medications as well as emergency medical procedures, followed by rehabilitation and implementing preventive strategies for the future. But, depending on the type of stroke and the part of the brain it's affecting, it may be fatal.
Heart issues are becoming more common in this age group.
Although a stroke doesn't deal directly with the heart, cardiac issues—like high blood pressure and coronary artery disease—can raise your risk for a stroke, according to the CDC. (Again, we don't know the details surrounding Perry's death.)
Unfortunately, we know that those underlying issues are becoming more common among people under age 54. A report published this past November in Circulation found that, between 2010 and 2014, men under 54 accounted for 33 percent of those who had heart attacks, SELF reported previously.
Preventive measures, including quitting smoking, staying active, eating a nutritious diet, and addressing other underlying health conditions (e.g. diabetes or high blood pressure) can help reduce your risk. But, unfortunately, that's not always enough or easy to do.