A source told PEOPLE that Perry simply never woke up from the massive stroke.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 actor remained under “heavy sedation” for five days while in the hospital until he died on Monday, the source says.
“He never regained consciousness,” the source explains. “Things were so dire that they put him under heavy sedation. He was gone, basically, by the time he got to the hospital.”
TMZ reported that paramedics were called to the Riverdale stars home in Sherman Oaks, California at around 9.40 am February 28, where he was then taken to the local hospital.
There, the actor remained “under observation” for five days but died on Monday, March 4.
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” read a statement from Perry’s publicist.
“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.”
“Everyone is devastated,” the source adds.
Perry found fame on the hit 90's show Beverly Hills 90210 and is currently starring on Netflix's Riverdale, playing Archie Andrews’ dad, Fred.
Perry has two children with ex-wife Rachel 'Minnie' Sharp, son Jack, 21, and 18-year-old daughter Sophie.
In lieu of flowers, the Perry family ask that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer this link opens in a new tab and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Watch the video below to see co-stars sweet tributes to the late Luke Perry