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Luke Perry dies at age 52 after a massive stroke



Fans of Riverdale and Beverly Hills 90210 mourn the loss of actor Luke Perry, who died at the age of 52 . Perry suffered a "massive" stroke last week which forced him to stay in hospital "under observation." TMZ reports .

Unfortunately the damage was too big and Perry passed away on Monday. There are currently no further details available.

"Luke was everything you would hope for: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a huge heart and a true friend for all," the studio and producers behind Riverdale said in a Statement to CNN. "Luke was a father figure and mentor to the young cast of the show, he was incredibly generous and filled the set with love and kindness, and our thoughts are with Luke's family in this very difficult time."

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off.

This could be due to a blood clot or hemorrhage elsewhere in the brain that prevents the blood from getting to where it needs to go, SELF previously stated . Stroke can lead to symptoms such as difficulty speaking or understanding the speech of other people, paralysis of the limbs or face, difficulty seeing from one or both eyes (blurring, double vision, blackened vision) , sudden and severe headaches and problems with coordination, such as walking.

If you believe that you or anyone you know is suffering a stroke, the Mayo Clinic says you can give them the FAST test:

  • Face: Monitor the face of the Person looking for signs of hanging by asking to smile.
  • Arms: See if the person's arms behave the same way. Ask them to raise both arms and see if they both stand up or lean down.
  • Speech: Check that the person's language is indistinct by asking them to repeat a simple sentence.
  • Time: Do you know that it is important to act quickly and immediately call 911 if you notice any of these signs of a stroke.

Sometimes, a stroke involving blood clots and blood thinners as well as emergencies can be treated with medical procedures, followed by rehabilitation and implementation of preventive strategies for the future. However, depending on the type of stroke and the affected brain, this can be fatal.

Heart problems are becoming more common in this age group.

Although a stroke is not directly related to the heart, heart problems such as high blood pressure and coronary heart disease can increase the risk of stroke, according to the CDC . (Again, we do not know the details concerning Perry's death.)

Unfortunately, we know that these basic problems are becoming more common among people under the age of 54. A report was published last November in . stated that between 2010 and 2014 men under 54 were responsible for 33 percent of heart attacks, SELF previously reported .

Preventative measures, including stopping smoking, staying active, eating a nutritious diet, Treating other underlying health conditions (eg, diabetes or high blood pressure) may help reduce your risk . But unfortunately that is not always enough or easy.

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