Luke Perry Died Just Five Months before His Wedding Date

Luke Perry and his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer had planned to tie the knot later this year, but his sudden death cut their relationship short.

The couple’s "save the date" card revealed that they were planning to marry in Los Angeles on August 17, as reported by TMZ.

A flurry of heartbreaking messages from fans and acquaintances has flooded social media following the actor’s death.

The elegantly-designed card stated that a formal invitation would follow.

The 52-year-old actor died on March 4, 2019, after suffering a massive stroke at his Southern California home. He was hospitalized on February 27 and was under observation for five days.

Wendy, 44, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support following the actor’s passing.

"HAPPIEST YEARS"

The past 11 and a half years with Luke, she said, “were the happiest years of my life, and I am grateful to have had the time with him.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, she said: “I want to express my gratitude to everyone for the outpouring of love and support. The countless, heartwarming stories of Luke’s generosity and kindness have been a great source of solace during this difficult time.”

The couple, who kept their relationship largely private, walked the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Wards together in April 2017. It’s unclear when the couple got engaged.

Luke shared 21-year-old son Jack and 18-year-old daughter Sophie with his former wife Rachel “Minnie” Sharp. Luke and Rachel split in 2003.

CLAIM TO FAME

Born Coy Luther Perry III on October 11, 1966, Luke rose to stardom after playing Dylan McKay on the TV series "Beverly Hills, 90210" from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000.

He also starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series "Riverdale".

Luke’s passing came as a shock to his fans and friends. A flurry of heartbreaking messages from fans and acquaintances has flooded social media following the actor’s death.

Actress Gabrielle Carteris posted on Twitter: “Dearest Luke- I am so heartbroken and at a loss for words. You, my friend, were a mighty soul and have left your mark. My love and prayers to the family and all who loved you. RIP.”

Actor Ian Ziering wrote: “Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here for those you leave behind. God, please give him a seat close to you; he deserves it.”