Riverdale season 3 has shut down production for the moment as the show’s producers and cast pay their respects to their costar Luke Perry, following his passing. The actor rose to fame as a heartthrob back in the ’90s thanks to his roles as Pike in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie and especially his turn as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. More recently, he became famous for playing Archie Andrews’ loving working-class father, Fred Andrews, on The CW’s dark and soapy re-imagining of the Archie comic book universe, Riverdale.
In a shocking development, Perry was hospitalized in Los Angeles, California last week after suffering a massive stroke. Sadly, he was unable to recover and his publicist has confirmed that Perry passed away this morning at age 52. Production on Riverdale has been halted in the wake of this news and Perry’s various collaborators over the years – in particular, his coworkers on Riverdale and 90210 – have since begun taking to the internet to pay him their respects.
A statement from Riverdale’s executive producers, Warner Bros., and The CW. pic.twitter.com/1YNhbaupHv
— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) March 4, 2019
So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about…everything. I will miss those calls. And my heart goes out to all his family and friends. 💔 pic.twitter.com/2GaFkV2mI7
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale
— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
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With the heaviest of hearts, I am stunned and devastated to tell you that Luke passed away. I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. RIP, dearie Luke. Your time here was far too short. 💔💔💔
Perry will make his final movie appearance later this year in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It’s not clear yet how much filming Perry completed on the rest of Riverdale season 3 prior to his passing, nor how the show will address his character’s fate. Meanwhile, FOX recently confirmed its plans for a Beverly Hills, 90210 revival series, but Perry was not listed among the cast members slated to return at that time. Assuming the six-part event still happens, it will surely find a way to pay tribute to the late actor.