Another of Luke Perry’s former cast-mates has penned a touching message in response to the actor’s massive stroke on Wednesday.
Kristy Swanson, who co-starred alongside Perry in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (the TV show of the same name came out four years later, in 1996), reacted to the news of Perry’s stroke on Twitter, where she asked fans to pray for his recovery.
“I just heard the frightening news about my dear old friend Luke Perry having a massive stroke. Luke honey I am praying so hard for you right now, I love you so much, and by God’s Grace you will get through this. Please pray for Luke 🙏♥”
Swanson played Buffy in the movie, and Perry played Pike, the town outcast who teams up with Buffy to battle a powerful vampire called Lothos.
I just heard the frightening news about my dear old friend Luke Perry having a massive stroke. Luke honey I am praying so hard for you right now, I love you so much, and by God’s Grace you will get through this. Please pray for Luke 🙏🏼❤️ @LukePerryIII
Paramedics were reportedly called to Perry’s home in Sherman Oaks, California, around 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Reps for the actor told People that Perry remains under observation at the hospital.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 800,000 people are affected by strokes every year in the U.S., with 140,000 of those strokes being fatal.
In 2009, roughly a third of people hospitalized for a stroke were under 65 years old. But a 2017 study published in JAMA Neurology found that strokes are becoming increasingly common among younger men.
Learn how to spot the signs of a stroke. According to the CDC, symptoms may include the following: sudden weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially in one side; sudden confusion; sudden trouble seeing; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or lack of coordination; or severe headache.
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