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Aziz Inan is chair and professor teaching in the electrical engineering program of Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering at University of Portland. I was saddened by 52-year-old actor Luke Perry's unexpected death March 4 after a stroke on Feb. 27. He was a true gentleman. This tragic event intrigued my curiosity about some of the numbers in Perry's life. Based on my findings, I constructed this numerical farewell for him:

1. The sum of the digits of Perry's birthday, 10/11/1966, equals 25. The reverse of 25 is 52, the age Perry died.

2. If 3/4/2019, the day Perry died, is split as 3, 4, 20, and 19, the sum of these four numbers equals 46. Interestingly, the sum of the squares of the digits of 46 equals 52 and the sum of the prime factors of 46, namely 2 and 23, gives 25.

3. Also, the sum of the squares of 3, 4, 20, and 19 equals 6 times 131 and 131 equals the sum of the numbers assigned to the letters of Luke Perry.

4. If 3/4/19 is split as 3, 4, and 19, these three numbers add up to 26 and twice 26 equals 52. The sum of the prime factors of 2019, namely 3 and 673, equals 26 square.

5. Perry died 221 days before his 53rd birthday to occur on 10/11/2019. Interestingly, 221 equals the sum of the squares of 10 and 11.

6. Furthermore, the reverse of 221 is 122, the 122nd prime number is 673, and 3 times 673 yields 2019.

7. Moreover, if Perry's birthday 10/11/1966 is split as 10, 11, 19, and 66, the sum of these four numbers equals 106 and 106 is twice 53. Additionally, the reverse of 106 is 601, 601 is the 110th prime number, and 110 equals 10 times 11.

8. Further, the 53rd prime number is 241, the reverse of 241 is 142, and twice 142 is 284. Note that Perry's birthday always coincides with the 284th day of a non-leap year (e.g., 2019).

9. The sum of the squares of the digits of 53 equals 34, the day Perry died (3/4).

10. Perry died on the 63rd day of this year (March 4, 2019) and 2019 has 302 more days after this date. Interestingly, 302 is twice 151, 151 is the 36th prime number, and the reverse of 36 is 63. Also, the reverse of 302 is 203 and the sum of the prime factors of 203, namely 7 and 29, equals 36 too.

11. Note also that 63 equals 3 times 21 and 21 is the sum of 10 and 11, the month and day numbers of Perry's birthday.

12. Perry's 54th birthday expressed as 10/11/2020 will be special because the sum of the prime multipliers of 2020, namely 2, 2, 5, and 101, equals 110 and 110 is 10 times 11. Also, the product of the digits of 54 equals 20 and two 20's put side by side gives 2020.

13. Perry's 55th birthday expressed as 10/11/21 will also be special since 21 equals 10 plus 11. Additionally, 55 equals half of 10 times 11. Also, 10112021 is divisible by 131 (Luke Perry).

14. Perry's 56th birthday expressed as 10/11/2022 will be special too because 2022 is twice 1011.

15. The sum of the prime factors of the main zip code 90210 in Beverly Hills, 90210 TV series, namely 2, 3, 5, 31, and 97, equals 138. Perry died on 3/4/19 and coincidentally, the sum of the prime factors of 3419, namely 13 and 263, equals twice 138.

16. Further, if 90210 is split into two numbers consisting of its alternating digits as 920 and 01, the sum of these two numbers is 921 and the difference of the prime factors of 921, namely 3 and 307, yields 304, the day Perry died (3/04). Also, 307 is the 63rd prime number and again, note that Perry died on the 63rd day of this year.

17. Lastly, the reverse of 90210, namely 01209, equals 3 times 403 and 403 is the reverse of 304, the day Perry died (3/04).

I hope you rest in peace, Luke Perry.

Aziz Inan is chair and professor teaching in the electrical engineering program of Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering at University of Portland and he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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