Tributes are pouring out over social media to mourn the loss of actor Luke Perry. The Riverdale and former 90210 star passed away on Monday, March 4, after suffering a massive stroke the previous week. Perry's friends, acquaintances, fans, and coworkers have nothing but kind words for him. So now, while grieving, the Riverdale cast and crew are finding ways to honor their friend.
Many of Riverdale's other stars have already taken to social media with words of their own. But the show as a whole is also making sure to honor Perry. Its creator has announced that all future episodes of Riverdale will be dedicated to Perry. It's a testament to the impact he left on-set and on-screen.
So keep reading and see just how much the Riverdale crew loved their co-star. This includes a touching statement from show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and younger actors that Perry mentored!
Luke Perry passed away a couple of days ago.
via: GettyHe died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, surrounded by his family.
Perry suffered a massive stroke last week.
via: GettyHis family made the difficult decision to remove his life support. Perry's rep released a statement, which reads as follows:
Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.
A source told PEOPLE that Perry never regained consciousness.
via: GettyThe actor remained "under observation" for five days, to no avail. He is survived by his daughter, Sophie, and son, Jack.
Perry had been in the core cast of "Riverdale" since the show began.
via: GettyIn 2016, Perry made his Riverdale debut as Fred Andrews, father of Archie Andrews (played by KJ Apa).
He had previously been known as a teen heartthrob.
via: GettyIn the '90s, Luke Perry made his rise to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 playing fan favorite Dylan McKay.
Upon Perry's death, "Riverdale" shut down production for the day.
via: GettySpeaking with Variety, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Jon Goldwater also issued a statement:
We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.
Lili Reinhart first posted this last week.
Reinhart tweeted after news broke of Perry's death.
I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness w… https://t.co/naonx0Z6vM— Lili Reinhart (@Lili Reinhart)1551740772.0
Perry's death hit the cast hard.
I just can’t believe it.— Lili Reinhart (@Lili Reinhart)1551740885.0
The "Riverdale" writers jointly tweeted about Perry.
Luke Perry... you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembe… https://t.co/9pSK01q6cq— Riverdale Writers Room (@Riverdale Writers Room)1551723603.0
The Writers' Room twitter even changed its bio.
via: TwitterWhatever the writers have to do with Perry's character now that he's gone, we're sure they'll do him justice.
Ross Butler left "Riverdale" after season 1, but had plenty to say of Perry.ross butler
Molly Ringwald expressed her sorrow, too.
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry— Molly Ringwald (@Molly Ringwald)1551722916.0
Perry was a mentor to many of the younger cast.This includes Casey Cott, who plays series regular Kevin Keller on the CW series.
Cott also posted this to Instagram:casey cott
Mädchen Amick posted this statement to Instagram:
Cole Sprouse posted this when Perry was first hospitalized.
Madelaine Petsch had much love for Perry as well.madelame
So it's not surprising that all future "Riverdale" episodes will be dedicated to Perry.
Then, Aguirre-Sacasa made the announcement in a follow-up post.#Riverdale finds Fred doing what he does best--helping Archie. It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run. -writerras
A new episode of Riverdale is about to air.
via: GettyAnd fans are anticipating the rollercoaster of emotions that will come with it, after learning of Luke Perry's death.
Meanwhile, Perry's former co-stars have also expressed their sorrow.
via: GettyPerry first made his name on 90210, and his old castmates had nothing but good things to express about him.
Like Ian Ziering, who made this Instagram post:Ian Ziering
Shannen Doherty spoke with PEOPLE about Perry's passing."I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind," she told PEOPLE. "Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and a never-ending well of integrity and love. Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained intact."
Doherty also spoke of the things Perry had treasured in life.
via: GettyShe told PEOPLE about how much Perry loved his family, saying that he "raved about his kids and how proud he was of them. They were his heart and for him, his biggest accomplishment."
Luke Perry's two children have also spoken out about their father's passing.
via: GettySophie, his 18-year-old daughter, posted to Instagram the day after Perry died. Jack, his 21-year-old son, only just broke his silence today.
Here are Sophie's words:lemonperry
Sophie also thanked everyone for their support.
via: GettyI’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly. -lemonperry
Perry's son Jack posted a tribute of his own.boy_myth_legend
Well-wishers for the Perry family should keep this in mind:
via: Getty ImagesRather than being gifted with flowers, the Perry family has asked that donations be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital instead. Share this story with of Riverdale's--and Luke Perry's--fans.