Perry suffered a “massive stroke” in late February while at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. At the time, the actor was put under observation, but died five days later.
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” read a statement from Perry’s rep. “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 request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
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Perry’s son, Jack, 21, spoke about his father’s role in Quentin Tarantino’s film on Chris Jericho’s podcast
“My dad was so excited about that,” Jack said of his father’s feelings about working with Tarantino. “That kind of reinvigorated him and reenergized him.”
“He said, ‘If I never work again, I’m happy with this,’” Jack explained.
Jack also has a small role in the film, saying it was his father’s wish to work with his son.
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“Tarantino is a really cool guy,” Jack said. “[He] told me, ‘I handpicked your dad for this.’ I guess because his role was kind of symbolic. He definitely knew he wanted my dad for it.”
Tarantino’s film follows the story of actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) who struggle with a changing Hollywood landscape at the height of hippy Hollywood, all exemplified by Dalton’s next door neighbor Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie.
It was also Perry’s final film role, in which he plays Scott Lancer, a fictitious character.
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