These talented entertainers and household names left an indelible mark on the world, be it through acting, athletics, cuisine, comedy, music, or just high-quality smack-talk. Let’s take a moment to honor the stars we’ve lost in 2019 and revisit their incredible cultural contributions.
Luke Perry passed away on March 4th, 2019. TMZ reported that the Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale star suffered a massive stroke days earlier. Doctors had sedated the actor in hopes of his brain recovering, but Perry tragically suffered too much damage. He was reportedly surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death. He was 52 years old.
Born Coy Luther Perry the Third, the Mansfield, Ohio native’s breakout role was his memorable portrayal of moody Dylan McKay on 90210, beginning in 1990. He also had starring roles in the original 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer film and The Fifth Element in 1997. After his 90210 heyday, Perry worked steadily in Hollywood, most recently as Archie Andrews’ father, Fred, in Riverdale. He also reportedly filmed scenes for Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Perry’s stroke wasn’t the only health issue he’d suffered over the years: In 2017, he revealed to Fox News that he’d had precancerous growths removed following a colonoscopy. After his experience, he became an advocate for colorectal cancer awareness.
Perry wasn’t always eager to discuss his iconic role as brooding rich kid Dylan McKay on 90210. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he once admitted:
“I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine.”
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Watch the video for these Celebrities We’ve Sadly Lost So Far In 2019.
Luke Perry | 0:18
Katherine Helmond | 1:41
Nipsey Hussle | 3:18
Carol Channing | 4:41
Keith Flint | 6:01
Bob Einstein | 7:19
Janice Freeman | 8:40
Jan-Michael Vincent | 10:12
Lisa Sheridan | 11:30
In memoriam | 12:37