Two talented actors found death in their 50s amid their successful acting careers.
Matthew Perry and Luke Perry share the same last name, but they are not blood-related nor are they from the same place, HeTexted.com reports.
Luke Perry and Matthew Perry come from separate families and have distinct backgrounds.
Matthew Perry grew up in Ohio, while Luke Perry spent his early years in Massachusetts.
Although they may have crossed paths in the entertainment industry, their family ties remain unrelated.
None of them have any connection to Tyler Perry, Steve Perry, Joe Perry, Gaylord Perry, or William Perry. And just to clarify, these individuals are not related to each other either.
According to the Internet, this medieval English surname may have two origins. The first one is residential, suggesting that the individual resided near or possessed a pear orchard.
The term is derived from the Old English word “pirige,” which means pear tree. During the Middle Ages, residential surnames were prevalent as they offered easily identifiable names based on natural or man-made features in the environment.
The second potential origin is Welsh, and it is a patronymic form of the medieval given name “Herry.”
So there might be a slight chance that the relationship between these two can be described as very distant cousins.
However, to one another they were just two stranger who came from two completely different places but with one passion acting.
Who is Luke Perry?
Young Luke Perry
Luke Perry, born on October 11, 1966, in Ohio, achieved fame in 1990 when he portrayed the rebellious teen heartthrob Dylan McKay on Aaron Spelling’s Beverly Hills, 90210.
Since then, he has excelled in television, stage, and film, including his role in the drama Riverdale.
Perry grew up in Fredericktown with his mother, stepfather, older brother Tom, younger sister Amy, and stepsister Emily.
Despite his father’s death from a heart attack in 1980, Perry’s relationship with him had always been strained.
Luke Perry, who arrived in Hollywood in 1984, took on various odd jobs such as paving asphalt and peddling shoes to finance his acting classes.
Despite facing 216 rejections over three years, Perry finally achieved his breakthrough in 1987.
Luke experienced a severe stroke on February 27, 2019. Following a subsequent stroke, his family opted to withdraw life support, leading to his passing on March 4, 2019, at the age of 52.
What happened to Matthew Perry?
Young Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry was discovered unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence on Saturday.
The cause of death is still unclear but there is a possibility that Matthew’s activities before his death had any influence on the cause of his passing. The investigation into his death is currently in progress.
According to TMZ, the actor arrived home in the morning after playing pickleball for approximately 2 hours.
Shortly after his return, he sent his assistant on an errand. When the assistant returned around 2 hours later, they found Matthew unconscious and immediately contacted emergency services by dialing 911.
Throughout his time on Friends, he faced challenges with addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs, leading him to seek rehabilitation twice. However, since 2001, he remained sober and has actively supported addiction recovery.